Evil (Ondskan)
Evil (Ondskan) (2006)

Erik is a 16-year-old boy whose life has been plagued by violence. Tormented by his abusive stepfather, he has hit back in the only way he knows -- by giving a good thrashing to anyone in his way. When he is expelled from public school,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Extremely watchable, even if it never goes as deep as it should.

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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle

Wilson, who plays Erik, had never been in a film before Evil -- which was nominated for a best foreign-language Oscar in 2004 -- and there's no reason that he can't make many more of them.

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Louis Proyect

A powerful tale of boarding school repression based on a novel written by a Swede very much in the Stieg Larsson mold.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Hafström's dramatic sense is ... pedestrian and snail's-pace obvious.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

A commentary on the troubling gray area between acceptable and unacceptable forms of violence, especially where the molding of boys into 'real men' is concerned.

Christopher Campbell

On the surface it seems very familiar ... and not altogether inaccessible to American audiences, but it also has the depth and substance we expect from our imports.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Movies like Evil entertain us by serving sweet revenge on a platter, and director Mikael Håfström manipulates emotions more intelligently than most.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The way it plays out, Evil feeds the audience's bloodlust as much as it decries the worst acts of its characters.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

Powerful film where the transformation is painful to watch, but leaves you feeling hope. It took me by surprise at several turns and stayed with me long after the final credits rolled.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Great movie. Lundstrom is amazing as Eriks nerdy friend Pierre. The cinematography and musical score are both really good. One of my favorite Swedish movies.
Luke Baldock
Ondskan is a story that has been told numerous times and with the same plot twists. Group A rules over Group B, until a newcomer to Group B questions their… More
Cynthia S.
This movie really lived up to it's name. These kids were creepy, evil, horrible human beings. I was at the edge of my seat for most of the movie. Thank god… More
Jani H
Eric Ponti is a young man, who often gets into trouble. At home, he is constantly abused by his stepfather. After his latest fight at school, his mother sends… More
Eric S
Gripping film of a teenage boy who's life has been dominated with violence from the world around him, and within his own family. The violence which erupts… More
Greg S
A troubled boy in 1950s Sweeden conflicts with the snooty, sadistic ruling class at an exlusive boarding school. Well made but standard story about standing up… More