ISee Icy Ice’s review published on Letterboxd:
"The Devil All the Time" is based on a book by Donald Ray Pollock and about an unholy preacher, a twisted couple, and a crooked sheriff who converge around young Arvin Russell as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.
This movie is very hard to review because I'm trying so hard to focus on the dialogue which has a lot of meaning rather than thinking about the pros and cons of this movie. When I first saw images or the trailer of this movie, I was so excited about this because YO, lots of talented actors, and finally, a psychological thriller movie in 2020. And I thought this movie is gonna be one of the best movies of 2020, but I was wrong, and it's not even a bad movie.
The performances are excellent, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson probably gave one of their best performances of their entire career and most of the cast is wonderful and did a great job doing a Southern Accent. Campos' directing is enjoyable. The writing is not that bad, the tension was pretty average, the dialogue makes you intriguing, and the character setup is pretty decent. The ending was good IMO. And the cinematography was fresh.
However, I have a few complaints about this movie. The storytelling, ehh... I have mixed thoughts about it, The storytelling in the first act is pretty decent with incredible suspense, but when it hits the second act, it's starting to feel quite confusing, slow, and boring. There are a few subplots including the relationship between Clarke and Keough that I found them disappointing. The timeline feels a bit broken. And I didn't enjoy the length of this movie.
Overall, I really, really wanted to like this more, but "The Devil All the Time" might be the perfect movie if you wanna simp or if you're a stan of Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Sebastian Stan, or Robert Pattinson. Jesus Christ, what is wrong wit me.