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Deliver Us from Evil Reviews

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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
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James Berardinelli
October 27, 2006
After watching this film, you will believe that evil exists on earth. That the movie deals in truth and established facts makes it all the more disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
October 10, 2006
Berg by no means excuses Father O'Grady, but she offers evidence of a devastating childhood that explains his pathology. For the ambitious creeps who allowed him to indulge it, and who still sit in office, there's no excuse.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 2, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 13, 2006
A literally stunning documentary.
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+
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
Edward Douglas
October 13, 2006
One of the most shocking and disturbing films this year, it's hard to rave about a movie that makes you so angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2006
One of the best and most important documentaries you'll ever see.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 9, 2006
Whatever name you want to call O'Grady, he is fascinating and frightening.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2006
Deliver Us From Evil proceeds with a sober clarity that lends credence to its devastating case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
October 25, 2006
You come out of the film shaking your head in disbelief at Father Oliver O'Grady, but fully enraged at Cardinal Rogery Mahony.
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 27, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 12, 2006
Deliver Us From Evil will shake you to your marrow. It should be seen by people of all faiths and by anyone concerned about the wellbeing of children.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jen Yamato
Rotten Tomatoes
September 19, 2006
What further elevates Deliver Us From Evil beyond the poignancy and courage of O'Grady's victims and the sorrow of their devastated families is Berg's access to the pedophile himself.
Full Review| Original Score: 9/10
January 31, 2007
Berg's portrait of a sociopath is as chilling as any in recent memory.
Kim Voynar
September 23, 2006
The great tragedy underlying the story of Father O'Grady is how many children might not have been victims, had Cardinal Roger Mahoney ... been more interested in protecting the children residing in his diocese rather than furthering his own ascendancy wit
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Erik Childress
September 28, 2006
It's the proclamation for a crusade against anyone who protects those who prey not just upon the children, but spit all over the teachings that assured us the path to Heaven went right through the Church.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 14, 2006
In the end, one can deduce from Berg's documentary that the Catholic Church is driven by money and power, those oft described roots of all evil and corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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