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  • Summary: Tore, a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement falls in with a dysfunctional family curious to test his seemingly unwavering faith.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Gebbe never asks us to believe in Tore's god, but she asks us to honor his beliefs. She's found an incredible conduit in Feldmeier.
  2. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jun 25, 2014
    78
    For the most part, though, Nothing Bad manages to hold a tight grip, evocative as it is of Lars von Trier’s similarly unflinching "Dogville" and equally bound to start some conversations among those willing to stomach it.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Jul 3, 2014
    70
    Gebbe has made a robust and compelling first feature, deftly shot and ably acted, especially by its younger cast members.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jun 27, 2014
    63
    Pure evil meets unshakable faith in Katrin Gebbe's torturous Nothing Bad Can Happen, a film that begins as a meditation on human behavior and belief but crosses the line into pure sadism.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 1, 2014
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jun 22, 2014
    50
    Skillfully made first feature by writer-director Katrin Gebbe has some undeniably striking passages and performances, but ultimately spirals toward a gruesome third act that is no less monotonous for supposedly being based on true events.
  7. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Jun 22, 2014
    0
    A film so comprehensively miscalculated in its desire to be a batshit think piece that it potentially creates a new category of offense.

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  1. Jul 8, 2014
    8
    NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN (aka TORE TANZT) could have slipped into the annals of torture porn but first time director Katrin Gebbe has such aNOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN (aka TORE TANZT) could have slipped into the annals of torture porn but first time director Katrin Gebbe has such a sure hand and grasp of her subject that the film never crosses the line into degenerate entertainment (not that I'm against that). But it's refreshing to see a film that has so much on its mind and plays with our expectations while depicting a world in which beauty, truth and innocence are not only resented but demeaned and destroyed. This is a tough film which one could see as a statement on the masochism behind religious zealotry but is ultimately about human pettiness. The film seriously calls to mind the work of Lars von Trier and Gebbe deserves positive comparisons to von Trier but NOTHING has a genuineness that makes if feel poignant rather than an intellectual exercise. NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN is not an easy film but well worth the pain. Expand