Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

June 28, 2006
Add the mystique of a foreign language, and suddenly the U.S. considers it an art film.
April 1, 2006
Hafstrm's dramatic sense is ... pedestrian and snail's-pace obvious.
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 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
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.
March 10, 2006
March 9, 2006
The movie is as blunt as its title.
March 9, 2006
Comes perilously close to making Erik's suffering at the hands of sadistic upperclassmen seem almost fetishistic.
March 7, 2006
The milieu owes something to Lindsay Anderson's If.... , but Evil is less anti-authority than pro-confrontation.
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.
October 1, 2003
Hfstrm leaves no loose end untied, and no easy sentiment untapped, but there's a didacticism to Evil that undercuts its sturdy narrative construction.