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King of Devil's Island Reviews

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
March 16, 2012
Possibly no one else does "grim" with as much unsparing enthusiasm as the Scandinavians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2012
Skarsgard is riveting throughout as a man whose high morality is steeped in hypocrisy and whose mask of civility easily slips, when challenged, to reveal the monster beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2012
[An] austere and occasionally stirring yarn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2012
The film plays well, and is involving, but in one form or another, this is a story often told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2012
"King of Devil's Island" is surprisingly effective, and affecting, given the familiarity of its material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2011
As the stone-faced and venal governor, Skarsgard is excellent. So is Helstad as Erling, the film's strong, if tragic hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2011
Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to sturdy acting, direction and cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2011
Moody atmospherics enhance the conventional structure, and Holst's solid storytelling balances the heavy-handed symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Its refusal to adopt a single point of view may be conceptually ambitious, but it keeps the drama unfocussed, and slightly off balance.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2011
Imagine a Cool Hand Luke that swaps out star-vehicle pleasures for gray Scandinavian suffering, and you'd have something like Marius Holst's prison drama set in 1915 Norway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2011
A brooding, evocative Norwegian juvie-hell drama set in 1915...
February 14, 2011
Watchable if not entirely engrossing, this classically lensed tale about the misuse of power offers sweeping panoramas, stunning snowy landscapes, stock character types and a creakily generic narrative.