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Devil Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

Satan hates toast. Read full review

3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Stranger danger! Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    44

    out of 100

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    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Devil will do little to dispel the growing belief that Shyamalan is a one-trick pony whose horse has keeled over. The laughter during the trailer was sadly prescient; the film is a joke.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    A pocket-size supernatural thriller that plays a bit like Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" retold by an unstable Sunday School teacher.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Devil is nothing very special or original, but it gets the job done briskly and economically.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Spooky trapped-in-elevator horror tale promotes forgiveness.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror movie -- which was produced by M. Night Shyamalan (who also wrote the story) -- is about five people who are trapped in an elevator ... with the devil among them. There's a fair bit of blood and gore (though not as much as in some R-rated horror movies) and several disturbing images of dead or broken bodies. Expect some language (including "s--t") and a few sexual references, as well as a character who's a recovering alcoholic. Another character drives drunk, with tragic consequences. All of that said, older teens who can stomach the scares may find some thought-provoking ideas here about the power of forgiveness over revenge.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence, blood, and gore. How did it make you feel? How does it compare to what you've seen in other horror movies?
  • Did the devil give the five people a chance to redeem themselves? What message is the movie sending about revenge? What about forgiveness?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Amid the gore, there are some ideas worth thinking about. One man manages to break the cycle of destruction by admitting his crimes and "realizing his true self." Later, another character practices forgiveness rather than revenge. Characters work together to solve problems, and they persevere in the face of death. There's also something of a spiritual message in the film's final minutes.

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    Role models: Detective Bowden seems to be the strongest character here. He tried to drink himself to death after losing his wife and son but is now a recovering alcoholic -- he's a member of AA and is back at work. On the job, he works hard to overcome the odds and to save lives. But most importantly, he learns to forgive rather than take revenge.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Whenever anyone dies in the elevator, the lights wink out, so viewers only see the results. But those results can be bloody and gory: There's a bloody corpse stabbed in the neck with a chunk of broken glass, a character hanging by the neck by a power cord, and a character's head twisted around backward. Viewers also see "imaginary" images of bloody corpses and a devil's face. A character falls out a window, and another is electrocuted -- again viewers mainly see the results, rather than the incidents themselves.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A woman in the elevator accuses a man of grabbing her bottom.

  • language false3

    Language: A few uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "butt," "jerk," "hell," "scumbag," "damn," and "oh my God."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A cop is a recovering alcoholic. He explains how he tried to drink himself to death after the loss of his wife and child. In the movie, he's 90 days sober and meets with his sponsor. Another character causes a drunk-driving accident. Viewers see him reaching for a beer while driving.

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