Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Reviews

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May 6, 2019
Efron not only bears a striking resemblance to Bundy... but deftly captures the off-kilter nature of his demeanor... That doesn't elevate the material, necessarily, as much as it does add to the queasiness watching it.
May 5, 2019
Efron has a ball: he's likeable, goofy and manic, except when flashing his eyes when he looks like that boy from The Village of the Damned.
May 4, 2019
Alternately charming, belligerent, and incalculably shrewd, [Efron] captures both the shark-like charisma of Bundy and the deeply damaged man beneath.
May 3, 2019
It's hard to know if there will ever be an essential and definitive fiction film about Bundy. But this certainly isn't it.
May 3, 2019
Zac Efron gives his all and then some as serial killer Ted Bundy, but in trying to show the kinder, gentler side of Bundy that fooled nearly everyone, the movie gets tangled up in tonal shifts and missed opportunities.
May 3, 2019
Here [Berlinger] travels a path that is ill-advised at best, irresponsible at worst. It's vile, indeed.
May 3, 2019
The film itself gaslights us, and this is where Berlinger and Zac Efron-an inspired choice-are powerful co-creators.
May 3, 2019
Efron is very good, but I'm not sure he's a revelation. Joe Berlinger's film is still a story about charm and performance. And it's not much more than that.
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May 2, 2019
Bundy is really a shrewd role for Efron... It takes a guy like him, a former teen idol who hasn't totally shed his boyish qualities, to embody the kind of peculiar hold Bundy had on his partners.
May 2, 2019
The film is not so much an insightful examination about how a college-educated man turns into a psychopath as much as it's a peculiar relationship tale between a skilled liar and his too-trusting single mom girlfriend.
May 2, 2019
All these events are fascinating - but they're public record. Suddenly our narrative film seems to lose its original focus and turn into a documentary - polished and absorbing, but telling us nothing new.
May 2, 2019
Berlinger never fully commits. Instead, he appears as seduced by Bundy as virtually everyone else in the movie.
May 2, 2019
There is something basically unsatisfactory about this glassy-eyed biopic of the satanic dreamboat Bundy.
May 1, 2019
Add to the long-winded title of this film, "...and completely unnecessary."
February 5, 2019
It's particularly disappointing that Extremely Wicked doesn't work considering that Zac Efron is giving it his all here.
Top Critic
February 5, 2019
[N]arratives help us sift the meaningful harbingers from the detritus of life. Extremely Wicked discards them entirely.
January 28, 2019
More sad than salacious, it's the rare film about a criminal that offers human details without humanizing a man who so many agree was a monster.
January 28, 2019
Berlinger's aim, it seems, is to cast doubt on whether or not Bundy actually murdered anybody until the very end of the movie to maintain suspense. Good luck, Joe!
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January 28, 2019
Extremely Wicked can't seem to commit to its ostensibly limited POV.
January 28, 2019
If the narrative film only exists to give us the unsettling sliminess of Efron as Bundy, it won't be a total waste. But it's not much of a movie, either.
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