• Unrated, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Amy Berg
    In Theaters:
    Oct 13, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 8, 2007
  • Lionsgate Films


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Deliver Us From Evil Reviews

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

The film is painful viewing, in large part because director Amy Berg relates the facts and depicts the victims and the culprits with detached gravity.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 23, 2009
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Berg's intuitively right ratio of personal and analytical material, her implied belief in transcendence of horrific demoralization, shows a truly progressive vision.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a powerful film that will horrify you and make you angry, if you dare to see it.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: A

July 26, 2007
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

The polemical is never as powerful as the personal and O'Grady's part of the story illuminates the whole with nauseating clarity.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

May 18, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um relato avassalador sobre a demagogia dos altos escalões da Igreja Católica, que prefere proteger seus interesses corporativos a impedir abusos contra crianças.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 15, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A sobering look at paedophilia in the Catholic Church, Amy Berg's gripping documentary reveals disturbing facts, but even more disturbingly, about its cover up.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 13, 2007
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Although each story is compelling, among the most heart-wrenching may be that of the Japanese-Irish couple who welcomed the new parish priest, who often slept over at their house, and who now feel responsible for letting the wolf in their door.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 9, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

A riveting, emotionally charged and startling big-screen experience. But it does more than just deliver to filmgoers. It may find a Holy Grail of real societal change for a larger constituency.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007

Berg's portrait of a sociopath is as chilling as any in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Reeler

January 31, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Deliver Us Evil is more terrifying than any horror movie, because it's about something that really happened.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 15, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Some films make you think, some make you cry, and others make you cringe. "Deliver Us From Evil," which catalogs the destruction caused by a child-molesting Catholic priest, inspires all three reactions.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 14, 2006
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

[Amy] Berg has crafted a disturbing and well-made documentary that sheds additional light on this continuously unfolding scandal.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

December 13, 2006
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Berg makes a compelling case that this is THE scandal of an American generation.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Watching Amy Berg's powerful documentary Deliver Us from Evil is a wrenching experience; her subjects reveal to the camera almost unbearable levels of anguish, and its audience walks away feeling both numbness and rage.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 10, 2006
Mike Russell

A compelling piece of journalism arguing O'Grady is one of hundreds of 'sexualized' priests shielded by an absolute bureaucracy that's been corrupted absolutely.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A

November 10, 2006
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly


| Original Score: 4/4

November 10, 2006
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A documentary with the power to affect even the most jaded of moviegoers.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 10, 2006
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It is a heartbreaking story of betrayed trust, broken faith and the misuse of privilege.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A

November 9, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 9, 2006
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Certainly doesn't want for sensationalistic subject matter, but the real impact comes from the methodical, steady compilation of evidence ... a queasy must-see.

Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

November 9, 2006
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