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Deliver Us From Evil
Filmmaker Amy Berg recounts a harrowing story of child abuse and how a serial child molester went free for the better part of two decades in this documentary. Oliver O'Grady was a Catholic priest who served in a number of parishes in Southern California during the 1970s and '80s. O'Grady was also a habitual child molester who abused dozens of youngsters who were entrusted to his care, and while his superiors in the church were aware of O'Grady's crimes as early as 1973, they opted to simply move him from one congregation to another rather than turn him in to authorities or… More

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"Deliver Us Evil is more terrifying than any horror movie, because it's about something that really happened."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"No report I have seen takes us so disturbingly inside the mind of the abuser as Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film is painful viewing, in large part because director Amy Berg relates the facts and depicts the victims and the culprits with detached gravity."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The polemical is never as powerful as the personal and O'Grady's part of the story illuminates the whole with nauseating clarity."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Although each story is compelling, among the most heart-wrenching may be that of the Japanese-Irish couple who welcomed the new parish priest, who often slept over at their house, and who now feel responsible for letting the wolf in their door."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Watching Amy Berg's powerful documentary Deliver Us from Evil is a wrenching experience; her subjects reveal to the camera almost unbearable levels of anguish, and its audience walks away feeling both numbness and rage."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Deliver Us From Evil has a few things wrong with it, including an egregious musical score, but without resorting to sucker punches, it takes your breath away while making your skin crawl."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Berg's intuitively right ratio of personal and analytical material, her implied belief in transcendence of horrific demoralization, shows a truly progressive vision."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Um relato avassalador sobre a demagogia dos altos escalões da Igreja Católica, que prefere proteger seus interesses corporativos a impedir abusos contra crianças."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A riveting, emotionally charged and startling big-screen experience. But it does more than just deliver to filmgoers. It may find a Holy Grail of real societal change for a larger constituency."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A stunning indictment of institutional betrayal. It plays like a Catholic Watergate, going right to the top with hard evidence that stuns, dismays and sickens."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"This is a powerful film that will horrify you and make you angry, if you dare to see it."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A sobering look at paedophilia in the Catholic Church, Amy Berg's gripping documentary reveals disturbing facts, but even more disturbingly, about its cover up."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Berg's portrait of a sociopath is as chilling as any in recent memory."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
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