The Devils Reviews

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
Even more than The Music Lovers, The Devils reveals an infantile compulsion to shock and repel, cost what it will.
July 30, 2019
Despite its superb acting, gratuitous excesses turn this short baroque opera into a simple comic opera. [Full Review in Spanish]
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.
February 9, 2015
The set design, by future director Derek Jarman, is probably the most successful element of the film.
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.
May 9, 2005
It's a see-through movie composed of a lot of clanking, silly, melodramatic effects that, like rib-tickling, exhaust you without providing particular pleasure, to say nothing of enlightenment.
November 20, 2003
Of substance Devils has little, of matter it has much and most of it is lurid for the sake of being lurid.
February 27, 2001