• 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

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
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
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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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No report I have seen takes us so disturbingly inside the mind of the abuser as Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 9, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Deliver Us From Evil has a few things wrong with it, including an egregious musical score, but without resorting to sucker punches, it takes your breath away while making your skin crawl.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 2, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A stunning indictment of institutional betrayal. It plays like a Catholic Watergate, going right to the top with hard evidence that stuns, dismays and sickens.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The church declined to comment to Berg. Her film speaks volumes about its silence -- and about a wrong that can never be righted.

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

October 27, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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What truly sets Deliver Us from Evil apart from other documentaries is interviews with the monster himself.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 27, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Even people who reject the idea of inherent evil may be shaken by Berg's scrupulous yet passionate recounting of the story of Oliver O'Grady.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Deals with emotionally charged material, so it should surprise no one that it includes one of the most wrenching moments ever captured on film.

| Original Score: B+

October 27, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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After watching this film, you will believe that evil exists on earth. That the movie deals in truth and established facts makes it all the more disturbing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If Berg's movie were a newspaper story, it would win the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

| Original Score: 4/4

October 26, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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In a major coup, director Amy Berg convinced O'Grady to appear in [Deliver Us From Evil], and his testimony reveals a man who's chillingly divorced from the full weight of his actions.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 20, 2006
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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It cries from and for the hearts of victims and leaves its viewers moved, shattered, outraged. And impotent in the face of the ugliness visited on the souls of good and innocent people.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 19, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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One of the best and most important documentaries you'll ever see.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 17, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A literally stunning documentary.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 13, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This superb documentary about the Catholic Church's worst pedophile scandal is in many ways far scarier than any fiction.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 13, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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O'Grady appears in the film, his face showing no sign of shame even as he acknowledges and describes the awful things he did.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 13, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Grander statements aren't needed when the specific indictments are so plentiful and so horrifying.

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

October 13, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Neither sensationalistic nor sentimental, Ms. Berg's film is clear-sighted, tough-minded and devastating, a portrait of individual criminality and institutional indifference, a study in the betrayal of trust and the irresponsibility of authority.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 12, 2006
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It's a howl of rage and a keen-eyed study of a subject that, unfortunately, never stops being news: the way institutional power acts as a shield under whose cover the strong can abuse the weak.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 12, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Deliver Us From Evil will shake you to your marrow. It should be seen by people of all faiths and by anyone concerned about the wellbeing of children.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 12, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Most powerfully, [Berg] also films a number of O'Grady's victims as they recount their trauma and, in some cases, loss of faith.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

October 12, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Berg, a veteran of both CBS News and CNN, carefully and calmly assembles a devastating case against church officials' mendacity.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 12, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Deliver Us From Evil shows us how the business of saving souls can rationalize the obscenity of selling them.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

October 11, 2006
Robert Koehler
Variety
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It's hard to imagine even devout Catholics coming away from the film without a sense of rage at a religion that appears to value members of the priesthood over the well-being of children.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 11, 2006
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Deliver Us From Evil is a haunting portrait of a profoundly benighted man, the lives he shattered and the institution that repeatedly protected him -- and itself -- at the cost of children's safety.

October 11, 2006
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Berg by no means excuses Father O'Grady, but she offers evidence of a devastating childhood that explains his pathology. For the ambitious creeps who allowed him to indulge it, and who still sit in office, there's no excuse.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 10, 2006
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