Nothing Bad Can Happen
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Tomas Hachard, NPR
"Nothing Bad Can Happen examines modern faith in a way few films do."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"The film has a lyrical visual palette, almost like a bad memory, and Gebbe draws very strong performances from her cast."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"...evocative of Lars von Trier's similarly unflinching Dogville and equally bound to start some conversations among those willing to stomach it."
‑ William Goss, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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"
‑ Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly
"Writer-director Katrin Gebbe rubs viewers' faces in this dog dish of a film, with the promise that some sliver of transcendence will redeem it. But it's all dog dish."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"If you choose to go see it, you can make up your own mind. By the third act, however, you might wish that you had stayed home."
‑ Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
"One of the most enraging films to come around in some time, a picture of very real, uncompromisingly savage horrors."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Gebbe appears to be a misanthrope who subjects her male protagonist to senseless cruelty."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"If Gebbe is trying to say something about the opiate of religion or the social conditions that lead homeless teens into bad situations, it's muddled -- rather than sharpened -- by the ultimately numbing graphic violence."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Ultimately, this is a film that asks deep questions but offers somewhat shallow answers."
‑ Zeba Blay, Movie Mezzanine
"The Passion of the German Runaway."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A film so comprehensively miscalculated in its desire to be a batshit think piece that it potentially creates a new category of offense."
‑ Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine
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