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Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

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Louis Proyect
February 28, 2012
A powerful tale of boarding school repression based on a novel written by a Swede very much in the Stieg Larsson mold.
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
July 11, 2006
Powerful film where the transformation is painful to watch, but leaves you feeling hope. It took me by surprise at several turns and stayed with me long after the final credits rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Boyd van Hoeij
June 11, 2006
The narrative has the same familiarity as the setting as Erik has to fight forces bigger than himself, giving the audience a story that justifies (and, not so secretly, revels in) its violence. Call it Fight Club at a boarding school.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 5, 2006
Extremely watchable, even if it never goes as deep as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Les Wright
April 12, 2006
The second half of 'Evil' takes this genre into new and challenging territory.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2006
Hafström's dramatic sense is ... pedestrian and snail's-pace obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 31, 2006
Movies like Evil entertain us by serving sweet revenge on a platter, and director Mikael Håfström manipulates emotions more intelligently than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
March 31, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 31, 2006
Its stuffy, private-school scenes nearly turn the whole thing into The Dead Pugilist's Society, but this Swedish import does have its chilling moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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.

Empire Magazine
March 25, 2006
Solid enough, its main flaw is a sense of restraint -- it never quite ventures into the surreal darkness of the obviously comparable If...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Johnny Butane
Dread Central
March 24, 2006
Director Mikael Hafstrom demonstrates a sure hand with the material and is definitely a talent to keep an eye on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Timothy Knight
March 10, 2006
While it's sometimes obvious, Hafstrom's film is so emotionally satisfying on a gut level -- like Rebel Without a Cause -- that it holds you from start to finish.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 10, 2006
Hafstrom ... keeps us guessing as he confidently builds suspense.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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