King of Devil's Island - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

King of Devil's Island Reviews

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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
Allan Hunter
The List
July 17, 2012
A slow-burning but satisfying drama that persuasively blends elements of Scum and Papillon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
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
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
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

London Evening Standard
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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
Xan Brooks
Guardian
June 28, 2012
Robust acting and crisp direction eases the old-rope material through to the inevitable conflagration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
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.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
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.
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
June 27, 2012
A bleakly beautiful, austere film that doesn't patronise its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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
Neil Smith
Total Film
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
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
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
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
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
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 28, 2012
Honest and authentic, the filmmaker takes his subject seriously and gives us a complex and thought provoking film
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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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