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Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

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Louis Proyect

A powerful tale of boarding school repression based on a novel written by a Swede very much in the Stieg Larsson mold.

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February 28, 2012
Christopher Campbell

On the surface it seems very familiar ... and not altogether inaccessible to American audiences, but it also has the depth and substance we expect from our imports.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 4/5

September 17, 2007

Powerful film where the transformation is painful to watch, but leaves you feeling hope. It took me by surprise at several turns and stayed with me long after the final credits rolled.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2006
Boyd van Hoeij

The narrative has the same familiarity as the setting as Erik has to fight forces bigger than himself, giving the audience a story that justifies (and, not so secretly, revels in) its violence. Call it Fight Club at a boarding school.

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June 11, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Extremely watchable, even if it never goes as deep as it should.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2006
Les Wright

The second half of 'Evil' takes this genre into new and challenging territory.

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April 12, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Movies like Evil entertain us by serving sweet revenge on a platter, and director Mikael Håfström manipulates emotions more intelligently than most.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2006
John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
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Wilson, who plays Erik, had never been in a film before Evil -- which was nominated for a best foreign-language Oscar in 2004 -- and there's no reason that he can't make many more of them.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Its stuffy, private-school scenes nearly turn the whole thing into The Dead Pugilist's Society, but this Swedish import does have its chilling moments.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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A commentary on the troubling gray area between acceptable and unacceptable forms of violence, especially where the molding of boys into 'real men' is concerned.

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March 30, 2006

Empire Magazine

Solid enough, its main flaw is a sense of restraint -- it never quite ventures into the surreal darkness of the obviously comparable If...

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 25, 2006
Johnny Butane
Dread Central

Director Mikael Hafstrom demonstrates a sure hand with the material and is definitely a talent to keep an eye on.

Full Review Source: Dread Central | Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2006
Timothy Knight

While it's sometimes obvious, Hafstrom's film is so emotionally satisfying on a gut level -- like Rebel Without a Cause -- that it holds you from start to finish.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Hafstrom ... keeps us guessing as he confidently builds suspense.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 10, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Although Evil eventually suffers from its heavy-handed treatment of its subject, it is a well-made and engrossing melodrama.

March 10, 2006
David Stratton
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Wilson is a powerful presence as the slow-burning but, when roused, very violent Erik, while Lundstrom movingly portrays the vulnerable Pierre.

March 9, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Watching this time bomb tick away is never less than riveting.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

March 8, 2006
Joe Utichi

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 Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 70/100

July 5, 2005
Jamie Russell

It's assured filmmaking and proof that school isn't always the best days of your life.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2005
Jon Garelick
Boston Phoenix
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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 7, 2007
March 25, 2006

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January 26, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 24, 2005
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