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Deliver Us from Evil Reviews

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
The film is painful viewing, in large part because director Amy Berg relates the facts and depicts the victims and the culprits with detached gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Berg's intuitively right ratio of personal and analytical material, her implied belief in transcendence of horrific demoralization, shows a truly progressive vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 26, 2007
This is a powerful film that will horrify you and make you angry, if you dare to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 18, 2007
The polemical is never as powerful as the personal and O'Grady's part of the story illuminates the whole with nauseating clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 15, 2007
Um relato avassalador sobre a demagogia dos altos escalões da Igreja Católica, que prefere proteger seus interesses corporativos a impedir abusos contra crianças.
| Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 13, 2007
A sobering look at paedophilia in the Catholic Church, Amy Berg's gripping documentary reveals disturbing facts, but even more disturbingly, about its cover up.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 9, 2007
Although each story is compelling, among the most heart-wrenching may be that of the Japanese-Irish couple who welcomed the new parish priest, who often slept over at their house, and who now feel responsible for letting the wolf in their door.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A riveting, emotionally charged and startling big-screen experience. But it does more than just deliver to filmgoers. It may find a Holy Grail of real societal change for a larger constituency.
January 31, 2007
Berg's portrait of a sociopath is as chilling as any in recent memory.
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 15, 2006
Deliver Us Evil is more terrifying than any horror movie, because it's about something that really happened.
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 14, 2006
Some films make you think, some make you cry, and others make you cringe. "Deliver Us From Evil," which catalogs the destruction caused by a child-molesting Catholic priest, inspires all three reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
December 13, 2006
[Amy] Berg has crafted a disturbing and well-made documentary that sheds additional light on this continuously unfolding scandal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 15, 2006
Berg makes a compelling case that this is THE scandal of an American generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 10, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Russell
Oregonian
November 10, 2006
A compelling piece of journalism arguing O'Grady is one of hundreds of 'sexualized' priests shielded by an absolute bureaucracy that's been corrupted absolutely.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
November 10, 2006
Devastating.
| Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2006
A documentary with the power to affect even the most jaded of moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 9, 2006
It is a heartbreaking story of betrayed trust, broken faith and the misuse of privilege.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 9, 2006
Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions.
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
November 9, 2006
Certainly doesn't want for sensationalistic subject matter, but the real impact comes from the methodical, steady compilation of evidence ... a queasy must-see.
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