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  • Summary: This controversial documentary is the story of Father Oliver O'Grady, the most notorious pedophile in the history of the modern Catholic Church.
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  1. Brilliant and psychologically transfixing documentary.
  2. As a study of a predator, "Evil" is fascinating and enraging.
  3. Courageous, shattering and exceptional documentary.
  4. Deliver Us From Evil has a few things wrong with it, including an egregious musical score, but without resorting to sucker punches, it takes your breath away while making your skin crawl.
  5. Amy Berg's riveting documentary, tracks O'Grady's predatory trail from San Andreas, Calif., to Ireland, where he is now living on a church pension that was apparently meant to buy his silence.
  6. 88
    With Deliver Us from Evil, Berg has been uncompromising in the picture she paints. She pulls no punches and makes no apologies.
  7. Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions. Viewers may not remember the victims whose stories practically pierce the heart, but they're unlikely to forget O'Grady's deceptively innocent face.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jun 14, 2012
    10
    It is more powerful and haunting then any horror film. More suspenseful then a thriller. More thought provoking then an art film. It is simplyIt is more powerful and haunting then any horror film. More suspenseful then a thriller. More thought provoking then an art film. It is simply amazingly powerful. It ranks with the best documentarys of all time. Every person in the catholic church should watch this film and act on it Expand
  2. KristenS.
    Oct 18, 2006
    10
    Thank God. This movie will reach believers to hopefully cry for their church to be better, hold itself to higher standards and serve the Thank God. This movie will reach believers to hopefully cry for their church to be better, hold itself to higher standards and serve the people -- not its own interests. I'm so thankful to those with the courage to speak up. Their victimization by those perpetuating this evil (within the church) needs to be stopped. It starts by talking about it and the priests and church to be accountable to those they took an oath to God to serve. Expand
  3. VeraAA
    Oct 13, 2006
    9
    I must say this movie was disturbing, real, powerful, moving and brilliant. Although it was somewhat slow and repetitive it was still I must say this movie was disturbing, real, powerful, moving and brilliant. Although it was somewhat slow and repetitive it was still unbelievable to get a real life look at the ignored crime of Catholic Clergy Sexual abuse and child molestation. The most powerful story is that of two parents among other adults in the film, whose daughter was sexually abused by a varied victim madman. The story of there horror and the pain that they struggle with is so indescribably moving and superb. The effects that the news had on them of there daughter being abused is stunning. This movie is truly brilliant Grade A for a documentary. The man behind the crime should be jailed for life to bring true justice to the many female and male victims and the crime should be acknowledged by the Catholic Church and worldwide. This is a big step in decreasing the amount of sexual abuse in church related manner. Expand
  4. SamS
    Oct 13, 2006
    9
    This movie may bee too long and may have some unpowerful content amount its brilliant script, profound characters, and heart throbbing This movie may bee too long and may have some unpowerful content amount its brilliant script, profound characters, and heart throbbing moments. But its brilliant and messy powerful pizzazz makes it a documentary classic. It is both stunning and powerful. It takes you into the mind of a confessing madman and gives you a in-depth look at the life that his once young victims now live. Expand
  5. SaraK.
    Jun 23, 2007
    9
    Just watch this movie, its unbelievable! I have never felt SO bad for anybody as I did for the victims and their families.
  6. Sep 20, 2013
    9
    The spellbinding power of this Oscar nominee for best documentary comes from its chilling subject matter, a notorious pedophile priest and theThe spellbinding power of this Oscar nominee for best documentary comes from its chilling subject matter, a notorious pedophile priest and the cover-up of his heinous acts by the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the state of California. Director Amy Berg's documentary is clear-sighted and tough-minded a portrait of individual criminality and institutional indifference. A study in the betrayal of trust, and the irresponsibility of authority. In addition to giving faces and voices to victims who are often anonymous, it offers an interview with a convicted ex-priest who admits his crimes without remorse. "Deliver Us from Evil" presents three case studies of Father O'Grady's abuse. Simply put, jaw-dropping.

    In the 1970s and 80s, Father O'Grady was serving as a parish priest in several towns in Central California, where he molested children over and over again, both boys and girls, including, a 9-month-old. Filmmaker Amy Berg masterfully exposes just how deeply rooted the corruption runs. Armed with anguished testimony from the families of the abused and their lawyers, she seamlessly presents indisputable evidence that the Church knew about O'Grady's activities. The hierarchy moved him from one parish to another, simply to avoid public scandal, and to prevent destroying the careers of those in power.

    Present day and walking around the streets of Dublin, O'Grady peers into a schoolyard with an interest that can only appear perverse after what's been revealed about him. He seems so removed from his crimes that he could be an actor playing the part of a pedophile ex-priest. That he agreed to appear in "Deliver Us From Evil," is an indication not just of an oversized ego, but also a complete failure to comprehend of what he has actually done. Father O'Grady walks freely today in Ireland, not even registered as a sex offender. "Deliver Us From Evil" has already prompted legal attention in Los Angeles toward Cardinal Roger Mahoney, who allowed more than 550 priests under his jurisdiction to molest children without punishment.

    Watching this documentary, and especially the interviews with O'Grady, is so much more disturbing than any piece of fiction could ever be. This is a real monster victimizing children, and it was allowed by a group that was claiming to do God's work.
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  7. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    1
    Skipped it to the end. Film about child abuse in catholic church.

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