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Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
March 9, 2006
Comes perilously close to making Erik's suffering at the hands of sadistic upperclassmen seem almost fetishistic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 9, 2006
The movie is as blunt as its title.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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
Adam Nayman
October 1, 2003
Håfström leaves no loose end untied, and no easy sentiment untapped, but there's a didacticism to Evil that undercuts its sturdy narrative construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 15, 2006
not even a film as colossally absurd as Crash dares to completely sum up its entire train of thought in its one-word title, but such is the insult this 2005 Oscar nominee from Sweden commits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
March 7, 2006
The milieu owes something to Lindsay Anderson's If.... , but Evil is less anti-authority than pro-confrontation.
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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
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dave White
March 10, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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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.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
June 10, 2005
A morally complex tale of the 'class' struggle, set in a 1950s boarding school.
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David Stratton
March 9, 2006
Wilson is a powerful presence as the slow-burning but, when roused, very violent Erik, while Lundstrom movingly portrays the vulnerable Pierre.
Joe Utichi
July 5, 2005
There are better films tackling similar issues, but Evil is a confident and well-told drama full of wonderful promise from both director and stars alike.
| Original Score: 70/100
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 21, 2005
Embora moralmente confuso, o filme funciona ao acompanhar o fortalecimento psicológico do protagonista - e os jovens atores são excepcionais.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 15, 2004
A charismatic teen controlling his power and meeting physical and mental cruelty with disciplined resistance and submission to pain makes this a penetrating character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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