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King of Devil's Island Reviews

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August 2, 2012
It's a very measured account of how men will accept their fates to a degree, slowly coil up and then spring with anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2012
A slow-burning but satisfying drama that persuasively blends elements of Scum and Papillon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2012
The acting is superb and director Marius Holst's embellishment of the facts keeps your attention throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2012
There's an impressive force to the performances and, amid the ice and snow, the film burns with a sense of injustice that deservedly made it a hit in Norway.
June 30, 2012
Very good but very heavy; the film's chilly, snow-blasted environs accurately reflect the tale's dour tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2012
Based on a true story, there is a dramatic force here, even if the whole is a trifle long and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2012
A slow-burning film with echoes of Papillon in its celebration of an indomitable human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2012
Robust acting and crisp direction eases the old-rope material through to the inevitable conflagration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2012
beneath the staid, ordered, colour-dulled surfaces of Marius Holst's King of Devil's Island lurk various forms of hypocrisy, corruption and abuse, suggesting something very rotten in the (then) state of Norway.
June 27, 2012
A grim treatise on the origins of violence, with excellent performances from the largely unknown young cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 27, 2012
This may be a familiar tale - rough-around-the edges dissenter against a barbaric system - but it's well told and the icy wastes of the island provide a chilling backdrop to the cruelty dealt out to the boys.
June 27, 2012
A bleakly beautiful, austere film that doesn't patronise its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 26, 2012
Rather one-note in its bleakness, and doesn't have a vast amount to say beyond 'reform school sucks'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 20, 2012
It's pleasing to see something from the Nordic countries that doesn't involve police procedure and chunky jumpers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 7, 2012
King of Devil's Island is poetic story of friendship and adolescence in the bleak, cold and brutal 1915 Bastoy. It's a snow covered, potent mixture of Sleepers, Shawshank Redemption and Lord of the Flies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2012
The true events on which the film are based are wonderfully stranger than fiction, and by the end of the film I was deeply moved and thrilled by what I had seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2012
The majority of the films running time is spent with these boys. We feel their hunger, their humiliation and the chill of the ice-bound landscape they call home. As a result King of Devil's Island is a film set to make viewers sad and angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 2, 2012
A compelling story of defiance after hypocrisy transforms discipline and order into oppression and brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 28, 2012
Honest and authentic, the filmmaker takes his subject seriously and gives us a complex and thought provoking film
April 28, 2012
Escape might be top of mind for the rebellious new recruit as he is inducted into a society intent on crushing every ounce of self-respect, but it is the relationships that evolve that become the film's beating heart
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