The Devils Reviews

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March 18, 2020
What I find such a pity is that Russell should apparently so distrust his own skill as a mesmerising story-teller.
March 18, 2020
About facts at any rate, and as cinematic reconstructions go, The Devils seems to be pretty accurate. But it is startlingly unsuccessful in moving its audience.
March 18, 2020
What is quite certain is that Russell has been true to himself as never before and that in doing so, he will irritate, excite, bore and outrage more film-goers than ever before.
March 18, 2020
Even more than The Music Lovers, The Devils reveals an infantile compulsion to shock and repel, cost what it will.
August 15, 2019
'The Devils' is a benchmark of transgression and profane cinema, a hidden jewel of the genre. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 30, 2019
Despite its superb acting, gratuitous excesses turn this short baroque opera into a simple comic opera. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 8, 2018
The truly provocative -- some might even say blasphemous -- part of the film is its assertion that, even while preaching their rhetoric of sin and salvation, nuns and priests and cardinals are only human, and humans are nothing but animals.
November 8, 2018
It's scandalous in that it talks about things people generally aren't prepared for and it does so with the sharp edge of satire. After seeing the film, you'll know full well who, in Ken Russell's supposition, the real Devils are.
November 8, 2018
It is like a lunatic opera, an attempt to make a furious poem out of frenzy. Russell's flamboyant theatricality and his interest in the perverse have been too much imposed on his other films; but here, style and subject are perfectly matched.
November 8, 2018
It's an experience which pulsates and perverts, especially in those glorious moments when Russell slaps the sacred directly in its frescoed face... In this brilliant film, nothing is safe: not God, not Satan, not man, not their collective meaning.
November 8, 2018
Weird, disarmingly funny, and stuffed to the gills with inspired visuals and intense framing from [director of photograph] David Watkin, The Devils is a masterpiece.
April 29, 2018
All the events and persons depicted in The Devils are intended to be confused with actual events and persons. How do I know? Ken Russell tells me so.
March 12, 2015
Bruegel couldn't have captured the insanity better.
February 9, 2015
Whatever the moral perspective, it keeps you gripped right to the end.
February 9, 2015
The set design, by future director Derek Jarman, is probably the most successful element of the film.
August 3, 2010
Never letting up its energy, 'The Devils' is eye-ride.
August 14, 2008
Reed carries the film with an admirably restrained portrayal of the doomed priest. Redgrave, on screen only sporadically, is stunning as the salacious sister.
January 26, 2006
No matter how thickly Russell piles on the masturbating nuns, tortured priests and dissolute dauphins, there's no getting round the fact that it's all more redolent of a camp revue than a cathartic vision.
December 18, 2005
Ken Russell at his excessively visual best and dramatic worst.
October 7, 2005
Twisted genius.
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