Deliver Us from Evil

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Deliver Us From Evil is a superb documentary and a searing look at an institution protecting its leaders at the expense of its followers. A profoundly disturbing chronicle of a wolf in sheep's clothing, the film builds a clear-eyed case against pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady, and the Catholic bureaucracy that protected him. The recollections of O'Grady's victims are nothing short of shocking and heartbreaking.



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Moving from one parish to another in Northern California during the 1970s, Father Oliver O'Grady quickly won each congregation's trust and respect. Unbeknownst to them, O'Grady was a dangerously active pedophile that Church hierarchy, aware of his predilection, had harbored for more than 30 years, allowing him to abuse countless children.

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  • The polemical is never as powerful as the personal and O'Grady's part of the story illuminates the whole with nauseating clarity.

    May 18, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Deliver Us Evil is more terrifying than any horror movie, because it's about something that really happened.

    Dec 15, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • Watching Amy Berg's powerful documentary Deliver Us from Evil is a wrenching experience; her subjects reveal to the camera almost unbearable levels of anguish, and its audience walks away feeling both numbness and rage.

    Nov 10, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions.

    Nov 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Deliver Us From Evil has a few things wrong with it, including an egregious musical score, but without resorting to sucker punches, it takes your breath away while making your skin crawl.

    Nov 2, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A stunning indictment of institutional betrayal. It plays like a Catholic Watergate, going right to the top with hard evidence that stuns, dismays and sickens.

    Oct 27, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deliver Us from Evil

  • Dec 03, 2012
    Deliver Us From Evil is a necessary documentary that needed to be made. The film takes a look at Father O'Grady, a priest who during the 1970's and early 1980's raped dozens of children. He was moved to different parishes in an attempt by the church to conceal his crimes. O'Grady is a dangerous man, one that is the lowest form of filth on this earth. Director Amy Berg crafts a solid, gripping and provoking documentary. This is a hard film to watch and Amy Berg does a great job at uncovering this dark subject and it's a film that should be seen because of the fact priests are supposed to be trusted, and many do trusts them, and O'Grady has used his powers as a priest to get involved with his victims. This is hard to watch and there's plenty of graphic discussion about the crimes themselves, and it's not a film for everyone due to its subject. The film is heart wrenching as we see families get their lives ruined by someone they trusted. Deliver Us From Evil is a well made documentary and it is eye opening, with interviews and firsthand accounts about the crimes. In terms of a documentary, this is a must see film. Amy Berg has crafted a fine film that exposes the lengths of the church to hide the truth. With that said, while viewing this film, I can see why many people don't trust priests. The church is not what it all seems, and Amy Berg makes a good point with this well made documentary that you won't soon forget. Hard, but necessary viewing.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2012
    The greater documentary ever made and I'll try to leave personal views out of this but it'll be hard to with the strong opinions I have on the catholic churches handling of child molestors. The statistics in this film were shocking. For example one of ten priests graduate from St Paul are registered pedophiles. The stories are chilling. A priest inserting his gentile inside 9 month old infants vagina among dozens of others and bishops knowingly sending him to different parishes with children a shocking four times. The way Amy Berg flows through this movie leaving nothing out will hurl your stomach inside out. And at the end you still feel like justice wasn't served. This movie has solidified my idea that the high anarchy of the catholic church are just corrupt executives who will do anything to make there business look good.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    If whatever is shown in this film is true, it's weird to know that churches are better off serving the devils than helping the victims. 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' would have been appropriate for this flick.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2010
    Its difficult to determine who is the worse monster, Oliver O'Grady who sexually assulted hundreds of children (some even infants) or the leadership of the Catholic Church who went at great lengths to cover up the crimes of him and countless others in the priesthood. Either way, this documentary highlights one of the major reasons I don't go to church anymore.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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