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Deliver Us from Evil Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 9, 2006
Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2006
No report I have seen takes us so disturbingly inside the mind of the abuser as Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2006
The church declined to comment to Berg. Her film speaks volumes about its silence -- and about a wrong that can never be righted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 27, 2006
What truly sets Deliver Us from Evil apart from other documentaries is interviews with the monster himself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 27, 2006
Even people who reject the idea of inherent evil may be shaken by Berg's scrupulous yet passionate recounting of the story of Oliver O'Grady.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 27, 2006
Deals with emotionally charged material, so it should surprise no one that it includes one of the most wrenching moments ever captured on film.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 26, 2006
If Berg's movie were a newspaper story, it would win the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 20, 2006
In a major coup, director Amy Berg convinced O'Grady to appear in [Deliver Us From Evil], and his testimony reveals a man who's chillingly divorced from the full weight of his actions.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 19, 2006
It cries from and for the hearts of victims and leaves its viewers moved, shattered, outraged. And impotent in the face of the ugliness visited on the souls of good and innocent people.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2006
One of the best and most important documentaries you'll ever see.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 13, 2006
A literally stunning documentary.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 13, 2006
This superb documentary about the Catholic Church's worst pedophile scandal is in many ways far scarier than any fiction.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 13, 2006
O'Grady appears in the film, his face showing no sign of shame even as he acknowledges and describes the awful things he did.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 13, 2006
Grander statements aren't needed when the specific indictments are so plentiful and so horrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 12, 2006
Neither sensationalistic nor sentimental, Ms. Berg's film is clear-sighted, tough-minded and devastating, a portrait of individual criminality and institutional indifference, a study in the betrayal of trust and the irresponsibility of authority.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 12, 2006
It's a howl of rage and a keen-eyed study of a subject that, unfortunately, never stops being news: the way institutional power acts as a shield under whose cover the strong can abuse the weak.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 12, 2006
Most powerfully, [Berg] also films a number of O'Grady's victims as they recount their trauma and, in some cases, loss of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 12, 2006
Berg, a veteran of both CBS News and CNN, carefully and calmly assembles a devastating case against church officials' mendacity.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 11, 2006
Deliver Us From Evil shows us how the business of saving souls can rationalize the obscenity of selling them.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 11, 2006
It's hard to imagine even devout Catholics coming away from the film without a sense of rage at a religion that appears to value members of the priesthood over the well-being of children.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2006
Deliver Us From Evil is a haunting portrait of a profoundly benighted man, the lives he shattered and the institution that repeatedly protected him -- and itself -- at the cost of children's safety.
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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.