Eamonn Rafferty’s review published on Letterboxd:
Well this is just a dark viewing experience. The film places the story out of order, in scenes in the present following Eva coping with life after the incident, to flashbacks of her relationship with Kevin. Ramsay does a great job of making very scene seem like valuable importance, while the incident may be guessed very early on, he focuses on the origins of Eva and Kevin’s relationship and creates questions such as who is fully to blame for the resulting incident, is it that Eva failed to form a bond early on that turned Kevin into a monster or that Kevin was simply a bad seed; an evil child that no one could have cured? Due to Eva not knowing how to deal with Kevin from the early stages of his life, he gradually see him growing up with the gift of knowing exactly how to wound her, reject her, loving with his father Franklin, as by a deliberate design to hurt Eva. The cast is as terrific as the directing, especially with Tilda Swinton desperately trying to cope as a failing mother with a child that has almost become ‘demonic’ in behaviour, Ezra Miller is terrific playing the teenage Kevin with such coldness and a thousand yard stare that will make your skin care and John C Reilly is great as husband/father Franklin, blissfully unaware of what is brewing underneath the surface or just demented in believing that they are living normal, acceptable lives. Worth noting the performance from the younger Kevin (about 6 years old) played by Jasper Newell, which creeped me out more than Ezra Miller. If you were to reboot The Omen franchise again, there’s your Damien.