Nothing Bad Can Happen

Critics Consensus

Nothing Bad Can Happen uses its protagonist's punishing ordeal to pose questions about faith that are well worth considering, even if the film can't quite answer them.



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Inspired by horrifying true events, Nothing Bad Can Happen follows Tore a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement who falls in with a dysfunctional family who test his seemingly unwavering faith. After a chance encounter helping stranded driver Benno, where Tore manages to start his car with an apparent miracle, he is invited back to Benno's home and becomes friendly with him, his wife and two children. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in the garden and gradually becomes part of the family. However, Benno can't resist playing a cruel game designed to challenge Tore's beliefs. As his trials become more and more extreme, Tore finds his capacity for love and resilience pushed to its limits and beyond. (c) Drafthouse Films

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Critic Reviews for Nothing Bad Can Happen

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

  • Gebbe elicits strong performances from her actors and succeeds in inspiring a certain sick fascination with the material, yet the film's oppressive unpleasantness yields no new insights into psychology or religious faith.

    Jul 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Pitting good against evil with striking intelligence and a near-operatic commitment to extreme suffering, Ms. Gebbe neither mocks nor celebrates Tore's love for his God.

    Jul 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The film has a lyrical visual palette, almost like a bad memory, and Gebbe draws very strong performances from her cast.

    Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Gebbe appears to be a misanthrope who subjects her male protagonist to senseless cruelty.

    Jun 26, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Its world is so remote, its characters behavior so unexplained - despite the fact that the film is based on true events - that our connection to the story slackens significantly over time.

    Jun 26, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tomas Hachard

    Top Critic
  • A revenge flick where the hero refuses vengeance. We want that catharsis, but if Tore ever stopped turning the other cheek, he'd lose the only thing he has left: forgiveness

    Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

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