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Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

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
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Hafström's dramatic sense is ... pedestrian and snail's-pace obvious.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 1, 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
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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 30, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The way it plays out, Evil feeds the audience's bloodlust as much as it decries the worst acts of its characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The movie is as blunt as its title.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

March 9, 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
Gene Seymour
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Comes perilously close to making Erik's suffering at the hands of sadistic upperclassmen seem almost fetishistic.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

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

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 7, 2006

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January 26, 2006
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