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Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
March 10, 2006
The microcosm of the boarding school is a potent backdrop to be sure, but it is ultimately a metaphorical backdrop whose import reaches far beyond the story it tells.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2006
Although Evil eventually suffers from its heavy-handed treatment of its subject, it is a well-made and engrossing melodrama.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 9, 2006
The movie is as blunt as its title.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Stratton
March 9, 2006
Wilson is a powerful presence as the slow-burning but, when roused, very violent Erik, while Lundstrom movingly portrays the vulnerable Pierre.
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Gene Seymour
March 9, 2006
Comes perilously close to making Erik's suffering at the hands of sadistic upperclassmen seem almost fetishistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 8, 2006
Watching this time bomb tick away is never less than riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
March 7, 2006
The milieu owes something to Lindsay Anderson's If.... , but Evil is less anti-authority than pro-confrontation.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 15, 2006
not even a film as colossally absurd as Crash dares to completely sum up its entire train of thought in its one-word title, but such is the insult this 2005 Oscar nominee from Sweden commits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Utichi
July 5, 2005
There are better films tackling similar issues, but Evil is a confident and well-told drama full of wonderful promise from both director and stars alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Jamie Russell
June 21, 2005
It's assured filmmaking and proof that school isn't always the best days of your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
June 10, 2005
A morally complex tale of the 'class' struggle, set in a 1950s boarding school.
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
April 21, 2005
Embora moralmente confuso, o filme funciona ao acompanhar o fortalecimento psicolˇgico do protagonista - e os jovens atores sŃo excepcionais.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2004
It's Fight Club in a boarding school. It's Dead Poets without the superhero teacher. It's Good Will Hunting with a lot more bloodletting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 15, 2004
A charismatic teen controlling his power and meeting physical and mental cruelty with disciplined resistance and submission to pain makes this a penetrating character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Adam Nayman
October 1, 2003
Hňfstr÷m leaves no loose end untied, and no easy sentiment untapped, but there's a didacticism to Evil that undercuts its sturdy narrative construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dave White
March 10, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
June 18, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jon Garelick
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 7, 2007
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