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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Round-Up: What Critics Are Saying

The fun whodunit sequel just had its world premiere, is scheduled to start hitting theaters in November, and will hit Netflix on December 23.


The Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, recently had its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival--which is a bummer if you didn't get to see it yet--and critics are starting to file their reviews of the film. All anyone's really known until this point is it boasts an incredible and colorful cast, it was filmed in Greece, and it's meant to be seen in a theater, but now after these first we know so much more.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is written and directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). The film's ensemble includes a returning Daniel Craig as master detective Benoit Blanc, joined by newcomers Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.

As of this writing, Glass Onion has an aggregate score of 81 on Metacritic, based on 17 critic reviews. Over on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a slightly higher 92% based on 24 reviews. These scores will shift as other outlets publish their takes, but note that because of its festival debut, there are no audience ratings available yet.

Below, you'll see a selection of the many reviews of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery that have already been published.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

  • Written and directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Starring: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
  • Netflix Premiere Date: December 23

Collider - 100

"It’s so much fun to watch Johnson in this mode, especially with a cast this relentlessly fun and playful. With Glass Onion, Johnson proves himself to be a film disruptor of the highest order. " - Ross Bonaime - [Full review]

Vulture - 90

"Glass Onion is bigger and more precisely designed than Knives Out, but what makes it a more satisfying movie is that it sits with its characters more rather than immediately showing off their decay." - Alison Willmore - [Full review]

Vanity Fair - 70

"Fear not: Glass Onion is a zippy ride just like Knives Out. I just hope that in his third outing, Detective Blanc finds himself in a humble old regular-sized mansion. That’s where he works best." - Richard Lawson - [Full review]

The Wrap - No Score

"A lot has happened since 2019, and Glass Onion acknowledges the Covid-19 pandemic in its opening sequences. But it hasn't anticipated genre-shifting game-changers like Bodies Bodies Bodies and Triangle of Sadness now driving the conversation." - Martin Tsai - [Full review]

Screen Rant - 80

"Glass Onion: A Knives Out mystery is a strong and fulfilling sequel. It will leave fans wanting even more of the charismatic detective and the situations that bring him into the middle of enticing whodunits that put his mind to work. The cast, the writing, and the twists and turns the story takes will leave the audience intrigued right up until the very end." - Mae Abdulbaki - [Full review]

ScreenDaily - 80

"While it's not quite as light on its feet in terms of the plotting, and while several key incidents and character motivations are rather questionable, it's an immensely enjoyable movie which is at least as funny as the first outing, if not more." - Wendy Ide - [Full review]

New York Post - 80

"Johnson still does whodunits better than Kenneth Branagh's horrid Agatha Christie adaptations he keeps torturing audiences with. Yet despite the giggles and the beefier budget--explosions, an exotic locale, massive sets--Glass Onion comes off slight." - Johnny Oleksinski - [Full review]

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