Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead “is one of the best films of the year if only because it does so much with so little,” writes In Contention‘s Kris Tapley. “The story is conveyed in a broken narrative fashion that seems unnecessary at first, but [this] choice oddly enlightens the viewer to the inner workings of the characters at a deliberate and particular pace, allowing for a certain marinating quality. That Lumet is still knocking stuff like this out of the park at his age is becoming almost an expected fact, but there is something special working within the frames of this picture. You just don’t come across a filmmaker able to drill this deep anymore.”