'Devil' Critic Reviews

74%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
52%
Rotten Tomatoes:   96 reviews
  • Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    A pocket-size supernatural thriller that plays a bit like Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians retold by an unstable Sunday School teacher.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Circling wildly within the film's main set -- a stalled elevator car -- or hurtling up and down an empty shaft, Mr. Fujimoto's camera is as giddy as a tween at a Justin Bieber concert.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ethan Gilsdorf Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The great cinematographer Tak Fujimoto has the time of his life on this low-budget horror feature, playing with dolly shots, abrupt zooms, and negative space inside the widescreen frame, and the fun is infectious.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    Devil is guaranteed to keep you on tenterhooks from beginning to end -- and without much gore.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Devil is nothing very special or original, but it gets the job done briskly and economically.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    The performances don't give us much. Everything's entirely too calm for entirely too long.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    42
    Moves over the line from kind of creepy to kind of stupid. It never recovers, and the last act is sadly unsatisfying.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    At best a cheesy, unsatisfying thriller and, at worst, a waste of time.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    There's an old belief in TV series production circles that if you're doing a stuck-in-an-elevator episode before Season 4, it's a telltale sign you've run fresh out of ideas.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Its overall slightness as a chiller only stresses that this was material unworthy of a notorious control freak filmmaker's undivided attention.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Movie Nation
    50
    M. Night Shyamalan at his most messianic -- he just takes too long to get to the frights.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • John Hanlon Big Hollywood
    60
    The characters are unlikable and annoying but the suspense built up is very real, making "Devil" a thriller worth checking out.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    50
    It always makes me apprehensive to see a movie that was not screened for critics in advance. "Devil" looked like it could have been an interesting film, but [it turns out] the lack of faith was justified.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Luxford The National
    40
    Although it doubtless will find more success in the DVD market, on the big screen Devil makes for bland viewing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    34
    Nonsensical to the point that every element doesn't hold up to the least bit of scrutiny.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    20
    This movie's job was to whip up a little fear and/or suspense, but it must have escaped through a crack in the elevator doors.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Enrique Buchichio Uruguay Total
    40
    Un ejercicio de suspenso sobrenatural bastante efectivo, sobre todo en su primera parte, aunque lleno de lugares comunes mas bien irritantes. Y, sobre todo, con la reiterada pretension evangelizadora que inunda el cine de M. Night Shyamalan...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Shaun Munro Obsessed With Film
    50
    [M]ost of its promise is squandered through inept scripting and a failure to indulge a self-aware enthusiasm for its B-movie concept.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    50
    [M]ost of its promise is squandered through inept scripting and a failure to indulge a self-aware enthusiasm for its B-movie concept.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kevin A. Ranson MovieCrypt.com
    75
    An effective locked-in-the-box thriller.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    60
    For a small package, it conjures up some effective ideas and scares, as well as some terrific atmospheric moments.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Bennett Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
    67
    A small scale but modestly effective broken elevator thriller that is more Agatha Christie than Alfred Hitchcock.
    Full Review » 3 years ago