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Knives Out is the latest Hollywood murder mystery coming to Indian cinemas this Friday, November 29. Hyped over the past few months through several teasers and trailers, Knives Out has a big star ensemble cast that includes names like Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, and Katherine Langford. Now that critics have managed to catch a screening of Knives Out, here is a quick review roundup to help you decide whether you should watch Knives Out this weekend in India.

'Knives Out' puts a razor-sharp twist on the old-fashioned whodunit

Brian Lowry from CNN writes, "Knives Out does include some current political references, but otherwise it's the kind of playful, cleverly constructed lark designed to be nothing more than fun, exhibiting a genuine fondness for both the books and movies that inspired it. That might not add up to a blockbuster, but like one of Harlan's mysteries, it's a movie that in its amusing simplicity could enjoy a long shelf-life."

Rian Johnson’s terrific Knives Out turns the ‘whodunit’ into a ‘whydunit’

Karen Han from Polygon says, "Knives Out is, helpfully, pure fun, with car chases staged in compact electric cars, and varying recollections playing out with almost cartoonish speed. The cast is also having a ball playing up the Thrombeys’ most loathsome and comedic aspects, though everyone is second fiddle to Craig and de Armas."

Knives Out is a great mystery that fumbles its big finish

Joshua Rivera from The Verge writes, "As Knives Out twists its way toward a conclusion, it doubles down on condescension, elevating Marta over the political landscape that would rather demonize her. Trouble is, people like Marta are already demonized by bigger and crueler buffoons than the Thrombeys — and there’s no fortune waiting to save them.

And so, even though Knives Out ultimately brings its mystery to a satisfying conclusion with a culprit named and cuffed, there’s another one that gets away clean: white guilt."

'Knives Out,' A Classic Comic Mystery Of Uncommon Sharpness

Linda Holmes from NPR says, "Knives Out is Rian Johnson's salute to mysteries, but it is also his latest demonstration of his uncommon mastery of the idea that you can — that you should — artfully entertain an audience with loving attention to detail; that it is just as high a purpose as to artfully devastate or confound them. It's one of the best movies of the year, and one of the most purely enjoyable, as well."

In Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Rich White Bigots Get Their Comeuppance

David Edelstein from Vulture.com writes, "Macabre as it is, there’s something comfy about the universe of Rian Johnson’s ensemble whodunit, Knives Out. It’s a place where a famous detective strides into a garish family manse (weapons mounted on walls, sinister oil paintings, bearskin rugs with extra-large bear heads, secret staircases, etc.) and peppers a lineup of relatives and servants with questions like, “Where were you at 12:01 on the morning of…?” as suspects nervously try to keep their features composed."