Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

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The charming Ted Bundy, also a notorious psychopathic serial killer, is brought to life by Zac Efron (Dirty Grandpa) in this true story told from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins). From Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster). More

"1969. Ted (Zac Efron) is crazy-handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. And cautious single mother Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins) ultimately cannot resist his charms. For her, Ted is a match made in heaven, and she soon falls head over heels in love with the dashing young man. A picture of domestic bliss, the happy couple seems to have it all figured out … until, out of nowhere, their perfect life is shattered. Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. Concern soon turns to paranoia—and, as evidence piles up, Liz is forced to consider that the man with whom she shares her life could actually be a psychopath." (Sundance Film Festival)

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Flicks, Katie Parker

Flicks, Katie Parker

The charming Ted Bundy, also a notorious psychopathic serial killer, is brought to life by Zac Efron (Dirty Grandpa) in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a true story told from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins). 

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Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

It’s not everyday you see a Hollywood heartthrob hired to play a serial killer because they are good looking and clean-cut. We are more accustomed to seeing beautiful faces given grotesque makeovers, Charlize Theron for instance bunging on some scabs and a set of prosthetic teeth to play the feral Aileen Wuornos in 2003's Monster. Zac Efron is a much more photogenic monster in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, his stunt casting justified given the character he plays, serial killer Ted Bundy, was a very handsome man in real-life.

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Vulture

Vulture

If the narrative film only exists to give us the unsettling sliminess of Efron as Bundy, it won't be a total waste. But it's not much of a movie, either.

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Variety

Variety

How is Zac Efron as Bundy? I think he's startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

A triumph of sorts for Efron... But it's also a bit of a problem, a further indictment of our serial killer-sick culture that the film, directed by documentarian Joe Berlinger, doesn't reckon with enough.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

In fact, the most shocking thing about the film is Efron's remarkably accomplished, fiercely committed performance.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

It fails to show us anything about Bundy that isn't already there in archive footage (which also appears at the end of the film), and only scratches the surface of the true depravity its subject was capable of.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Berlinger attacks the story in a rough-and-ready style only somewhat more refined than what he employs in documentaries, and the approach feels entirely appropriate.

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Collider

Collider

While it doesn't quite click fully into the gear it's aiming for, it touches upon some fascinating notions of human nature and boasts a truly impressive performance from Efron.

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