King of Devil's Island
King of Devil's Island (2011)

This true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway, begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer. He immediately clashes with the island facility's governor (Stellan Skarsgård),… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Rather one-note in its bleakness, and doesn't have a vast amount to say beyond 'reform school sucks'.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

[An] austere and occasionally stirring yarn.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

It's a very measured account of how men will accept their fates to a degree, slowly coil up and then spring with anger.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Possibly no one else does "grim" with as much unsparing enthusiasm as the Scandinavians.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film plays well, and is involving, but in one form or another, this is a story often told.

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Allan Hunter
The List

A slow-burning but satisfying drama that persuasively blends elements of Scum and Papillon.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

"King of Devil's Island" is surprisingly effective, and affecting, given the familiarity of its material.

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Alex Zane
Sun Online

The acting is superb and director Marius Holst's embellishment of the facts keeps your attention throughout.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Ok. I am convinced..Stellan Skarsgard + movie role = quality film! This based-on-a-true-story film is top-notch good. This is what great filmmaking is all… More
familiar stranger
Don't know what part of it is true and what's not, but it's a been-there-seen-it-all plot. The problem here is that the movie neither enlightens… More
Randy Tippy
For those who like true stories and abhor cruelty and injustice, this is your film.
Walter M.
In 1915, Erling(Benjamin Helstad) and Ivar(Magnus Langlete) are sent to the boys reform camp on Bastoy Island, under the stewardship of its governor,… More
c0up  
'The King of Devil's Island'. A sobering tale on the abuse of power and the small rebellions that can lead to outright chaos. The grim,… More
Daisy Maduro
Kongen av Bastøy was based on actual events that happened on the Bastøy correctional facility for difficult boys, back in 1915.The story was dramatic and… More