Review: Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) Print
Friday, 08 March 2019 07:13


Rating:  ZZ

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  When Laura’s daughter goes missing at her sister’s wedding, she must decide whether or not to disclose a long-kept secret.
 
The Good:  The premise of the movie is simple, yet promising.  It does promise a secret and, although the reveal is somewhat disappointing, the end of the mystery was an unexpected surprise.  There is no denying that original stories are hard to come by these days, so it is nice to see new stories and films taking risks such as Everybody Knows.  The film is also elevated to a slightly different status with a cast comprised of Penelope Cruz (Blow, The Queen of Spain) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Biutiful) who are both excellent in this film.  
 
The Bad:  The pace of the film was somewhat haphazard.  The secret that plays a main role late in the movie can be guessed fairly quickly.  When I wasn’t discovering the information rather early, I was trying to figure out how long they were going to drag the surreptitious details.  The answer:  too long.  Much of the film just did not really seem to flow well together and left you wondering if there was something more to come that would make everything worth it, leaving you just sitting there waiting for something that may or may not appear.
 
The Ugly:  People familiar with Asghar Farhadi’s films know that they will contain some sort of real conflict that many people may be able to relate to.  Everybody Knows is completely in Spanish, therefore, anyone who does not like to read subtitles should probably steer clear of this film.  Otherwise, if you enjoy a good foreign language film, then this movie is for you.
 
 
 
 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 

 

 
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