Evil (Ondskan) Reviews

May 5, 2006
Extremely watchable, even if it never goes as deep as it should.
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 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 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
Hafstrom ... keeps us guessing as he confidently builds suspense.
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
Although Evil eventually suffers from its heavy-handed treatment of its subject, it is a well-made and engrossing melodrama.
March 9, 2006
The movie is as blunt as its title.
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.
March 9, 2006
Comes perilously close to making Erik's suffering at the hands of sadistic upperclassmen seem almost fetishistic.
March 8, 2006
Watching this time bomb tick away is never less than riveting.
March 7, 2006
The milieu owes something to Lindsay Anderson's If.... , but Evil is less anti-authority than pro-confrontation.
June 21, 2005
It's assured filmmaking and proof that school isn't always the best days of your life.