Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

Nothing Bad Can Happen



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Inspired by horrifying true events, Nothing Bad Can Happen follows Tore a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement who falls in with a dysfunctional family who test his seemingly unwavering faith. After a chance encounter helping stranded driver Benno, where Tore manages to start his car with an apparent miracle, he is invited back to Benno's home and becomes friendly with him, his wife and two children. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in the garden and gradually … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Katrin Gebbe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2014
Box Office: $4.7k
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Critic Reviews for Nothing Bad Can Happen

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

Gebbe elicits strong performances from her actors and succeeds in inspiring a certain sick fascination with the material, yet the film's oppressive unpleasantness yields no new insights into psychology or religious faith.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Pitting good against evil with striking intelligence and a near-operatic commitment to extreme suffering, Ms. Gebbe neither mocks nor celebrates Tore's love for his God.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
New York Times
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Gebbe appears to be a misanthrope who subjects her male protagonist to senseless cruelty.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Its world is so remote, its characters behavior so unexplained - despite the fact that the film is based on true events - that our connection to the story slackens significantly over time.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Top Critic

A revenge flick where the hero refuses vengeance. We want that catharsis, but if Tore ever stopped turning the other cheek, he'd lose the only thing he has left: forgiveness

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
L.A. Weekly
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If Gebbe is trying to say something about the opiate of religion or the social conditions that lead homeless teens into bad situations, it's muddled -- rather than sharpened -- by the ultimately numbing graphic violence.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
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