The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time

In 1960s Southern Ohio, the psychological effects from World War II still take hold in a backwoods town - one that breeds a threatening cast of characters who are about to collide. Stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse), Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), Jason Clarke (First Man), Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Endgame), Bill Skarsgård (It) and Mia Wasikowska.

In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Pattinson), twisted couple (Clarke and Keough), and crooked sheriff (Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family. Based on the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, which propted this vivid description from The Oregonian: "reads as if the love child of [Flannery] O'Connor and [William] Faulkner was captured by Cormac McCarthy, kept in a cage out back and forced to consume nothing but onion rings, Oxycontin and Terrence Malick's Badlands."

2020Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, bloody violence, sexualised violence and sex scenes138 minsUSANetflix
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Flicks

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Might be Campos at his most openly entertaining. Men spiralling into an inescapable vortex of violence, scored to rollicking fifties-sixties country blues and gospel. A live-wire, angsty Tom Holland taking hammers to bullies. Robert Pattinson sleazing up the screen with a lip-smacking preacher performance for the ages.

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Stuff

Stuff

In the end, that strength is also The Devil All the Time’s weakness, striving a little too much for style over substance.

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Variety

Variety

Campos has such reverence for the novel that he has illustrated it more than he's dramatized it.

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Total Film

Total Film

Despite an arresting tone, and several memorable individual scenes, the film struggles somewhat to engage on a character level.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A mixed bag of bones and bodies, whose Southern Gothic atmosphere and superb performances - from Holland especially - are let down by the film's lack of narrative focus.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Though its structure doesn't always work to maximum effect, the grim picture gets more involving as it goes and benefits from a hell of a cast.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A violent but soulless meditation on faith taken to harrowing extremes, "The Devil All the Time" hurtles toward a constantly-hinted-at awful endgame, but by the time the final crash arrives, well, thank God it's over.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Sprawling and brutal, The Devil All the Time is not for the impatient or the squeamish.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Campos' greatest feat may be that he was able to wrangle a story as ripe and unwieldy as Devil... toeing a tricky line between art-house atmosphere and Southern Gothic soap opera, and somehow still managing to land on the grim side of fascinating.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

It is a hard-boiled, blood-soaked story full of unsettled mood and unrelenting dread, with an impressive cast. That the runtime zips by and leaves you longing for more speaks volumes of this dark, often depressing thriller.

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The Times

The Times

The results, alas, although thematically consistent (God + Americans = mass psychosis), tend to be tawdry, repetitive and unmistakably shallow.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

With "The Devil All the Time," director Antonio Campos and co-writer Paulo Campos pull off a difficult achievement. They make a long and very good movie without relying on the usual things that hold together a lengthy narrative.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

What's haunting about The Devil All The Time-and, ultimately even a little hopeful-is this idea that there's a world beyond this world, where perhaps not everyone is so cruel or intense.

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IGN

IGN

It's a film unbothered by comfort. Rather Campos thrusts the audience into faith's excesses without a moment to breathe. The talented ensemble -- sometimes underutilized in this bleak film -- follows his command undaunted.

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