Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
March 23, 2006

The way it plays out, Evil feeds the audience's bloodlust as much as it decries the worst acts of its characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gene Seymour
Top Critic
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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
March 9, 2006

The movie is as blunt as its title.

| Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
April 1, 2006

Hafström's dramatic sense is ... pedestrian and snail's-pace obvious.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jesse Hassenger
June 28, 2006

Add the mystique of a foreign language, and suddenly the U.S. considers it an art film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Nayman
October 1, 2003

Håfström 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
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
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 7, 2006

The milieu owes something to Lindsay Anderson's If.... , but Evil is less anti-authority than pro-confrontation.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
March 10, 2006

Hafstrom never finds the shades in his morality tale, so while Wilson is an intensely charismatic actor, all he can do is respond to relentless, escalating tortures. It's immensely unpleasant for him, and, frankly, not a whole lot better for us.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 10, 2006

So unsubtle as to verge on the comical ... this didactic drama is set safely in the past and says nothing about the culture of conformity at all costs that hasn't been said before.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 31, 2006

Director Mikael Håfstrom exudes no subtlety and lets the blood flow, at odds with the nonviolent moral message this Oscar-nominated film aims to deliver.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dave White
March 10, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
March 30, 2006

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.

Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
June 10, 2005

A morally complex tale of the 'class' struggle, set in a 1950s boarding school.

David Stratton
Top Critic
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.

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
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 21, 2005

Embora moralmente confuso, o filme funciona ao acompanhar o fortalecimento psicológico do protagonista - e os jovens atores são excepcionais.

| Original Score: 4/5
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
May 5, 2006

Extremely watchable, even if it never goes as deep as it should.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2007

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 7, 2007

David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 24, 2005

Jon Garelick
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

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