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In BIG BAD WOLVES a series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings—a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
All the filmmakers seem interested in is the ugliness of the main Israeli characters, each of whom proves a virtuoso of violence.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 01.16.2014
The filmmakers know just what our vulnerabilities are. ... But as we wince, they're laughing with us, not at us.Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, 01.14.2014
Big Bad Wolves uses child abduction as tinder to spark both characters' and viewers' emotions, before asking us to examine the extremities of the reactions.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 01.17.2014
The Middle Eastern setting adds a rich quality and the movie works as both a suspense flick and a vehicle to examine the ethics of justice. Some scenes get gruesome without warning, but the violence is always earned.Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News, 01.16.2014