There Is No Evil

critic Reviews

, 97% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • There Is No Evil thoughtfully poses troubling questions about man's responsibility to man -- and leaves the viewer to try and answer them.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    To make a movie that ponders the moral rot of an unjust system while under the gun of that unjust system is courageous and artistically potent.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    [W]hen juxtaposed against a history of Iranian cinema that has often relied on child-centric allegory and non-specific narrative to make its societal critiques, [it] practically blisters with the intensity of specifically living in Iran... now
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    Godfrey CheshireRogerEbert.com
    A powerful work of moral courage and urgency.
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    Steve DavisAustin Chronicle
    It's a comparatively solid quartet of short films that critically examine the country's dehumanizing system of capital punishment, putting a human face on the citizen-executioner asked to carry out the all-too-frequently enacted death penalty.
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    Roxana HadadiAV Club
    The film's as compassionate as it is unsettling, and as provocative as it is poignant.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Rasoulof's aesthetic is plain and practical; his sense of drama has the revelatory power of documentary.
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    Margot HarrisonSeven Days
    There Is No Evil keeps surprising the viewer.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Igor FishmanIn Review Online
    [Despite moments of affecting poignancy] the film lacks a sense of cohesive culmination.
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    Rene SanchezCine Sin Fronteras
    A thought-provoking and compelling film that explores the issue of capital punishment in Iran and its impact on society through an anthology of four heartbreaking stories. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Hayden WelchFilm Inquiry
    Mohammad Rasoulof's There is No Evil is special in the sense that it is not only an excellent and riveting drama with a few divets holding it from perfection, it's the fact that this work of craft hails from Iran.
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