Excerpt: This murder mystery, which tips its hat to Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie and Clue, features a sprawling cast of characters, almost all of whom are pegged as up to no good within the film’s first twenty minutes.
Excerpt: Much as Conan Doyle used Sherlock Holmes as a figure to mollify an age experiencing an epistemological crisis as old faiths were drowned out in the industrial landscapes of Victorian Britain, Johnson here wields Blanc as a titan for still being capable of close observation and engaging with the edge of mortal knowing in an age that degrades all such refined arts of attention.
Excerpt: An entirely entertaining murder-mystery jape; dryly funny, deliciously retro yet decidedly modern. Whenever you think you’ve got it figured out, it trips you up again… and you love it for doing so.
Excerpt: Murder mystery comedies have experienced highs and lows at the box office and with audiences. “Knives Out” knows its predecessors, but cannot equate them in a disappointing and predictable package.
Excerpt: Those wanting a taste of throwback whodunnit murder mystery will find much to enjoy within Rian Johnson’s star-studded ‘Knives Out’, just know that you very well might figure it all out before the detectives do.
Excerpt: It’s not only a worthy and loving homage to great detective stories, but also a biting satire on contemporary American politics and the hubris of the nouveau riche who forget that they never actually worked for the money they so eagerly and ignorantly protect.
Excerpt: Knives Out electrifies the whodunit genre with dastardly glee and self-aware perception. From piercing stares and cutting words to the ever-present stabbing threat of the forged metal weapons themselves, the blades of entertainment slash and thrust every single second of this standout romp.