Only the Animals

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Deft direction and an expertly assembled ensemble further elevate Only the Animals' intelligent, absorbing mystery.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    Seventy years after Kurosawa did it in Rashomon, this terrific French thriller proves there's plenty of juice left in the idea of revisiting the same events through the eyes of different characters.
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    Dave CalhounTime Out
    The film's emotional side is well-handled, helped by strong performances across the board. But it's the storytelling puzzle - the pile-up of different perspectives and gradual reveal of the facts - that makes it most worthwhile.
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    Brad WheelerGlobe and Mail
    One or two of the story turns are far-fetched, but the delicious absurdism of the situations are worth any contrivances. Only the Animals unfolds beautifully.
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    Peter SobczynskiRogerEbert.com
    An effectively convincing slow-burn thriller.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    Not an entirely humming machine, but one that's been well-oiled enough to make for an engrossing ride through some intriguing thickets of love, desire and deceit.
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    Manohla DargisNew York Times
    The multiple viewpoints are just a clever, self-satisfied device to deliver stale goods and familiar ugliness with a soupçon of glib class politics.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    The understated indeterminacy of the story makes us minimally interested, while the surprises, far from jaw-dropping, make it a passable, calibrated crime thriller.
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    Jorge Ignacio CastilloPlanet S Magazine
    Only the Animals unfolds like a macabre game of Clue, one twist after another, all rather creepy.
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    Mark DemetriusFILMINK (Australia)
    A cinematic jigsaw puzzle of the highest order.
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    Lou ThomasNME
    While Moll's film isn't as revelatory as Rashomon or as stylishly accomplished as Gone Girl, he's still crafted an engaging, well-acted drama out of Colin Niel's source novel.
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