Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

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April 24, 2019
It's a handsomely mounted film that's very cinematic with its visual styling.... And in its lead, model and actor Wilson, Evil has a charismatic and strappingly handsome protagonist.
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.
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.
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.
June 28, 2006
Add the mystique of a foreign language, and suddenly the U.S. considers it an art film.
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.
May 5, 2006
Extremely watchable, even if it never goes as deep as it should.
April 12, 2006
The second half of 'Evil' takes this genre into new and challenging territory.
April 1, 2006
Hafstrm's dramatic sense is ... pedestrian and snail's-pace obvious.
March 31, 2006
Movies like Evil entertain us by serving sweet revenge on a platter, and director Mikael Hfstrm manipulates emotions more intelligently than most.
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.
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.
March 31, 2006
Director Mikael Hfstrom exudes no subtlety and lets the blood flow, at odds with the nonviolent moral message this Oscar-nominated film aims to deliver.
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.
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...
March 24, 2006
Director Mikael Hafstrom demonstrates a sure hand with the material and is definitely a talent to keep an eye on.
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.
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.
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.
March 10, 2006
Hafstrom ... keeps us guessing as he confidently builds suspense.
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