The Devils
The Devils (1971)

The Devils was the Ken Russell film version of the controversial play by John Whiting. The story, based on Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudun, concerns controversial 17th century French priest Urbain Grandier, whose radical political… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 16, 1971
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Reed carries the film with an admirably restrained portrayal of the doomed priest. Redgrave, on screen only sporadically, is stunning as the salacious sister.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's like a David Lean remake of Pink Flamingos.

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TV Guide

The set design, by future director Derek Jarman, is probably the most successful element of the film.

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Time Out

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Bruegel couldn't have captured the insanity better.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Never letting up its energy, 'The Devils' is eye-ride.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Jake Hamilton
Empire Magazine

Whatever the moral perspective, it keeps you gripped right to the end.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ken Russell at his excessively visual best and dramatic worst.

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