The Apostle Reviews

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Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 31, 2009
Shocking in its unbridled, electrifying energy and raw emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
August 13, 2007
I cannot recall a movie so dominated by the performance of one actor (Robert Duvall) as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 21, 2006
Some kind of acting miracle ... One doesn't have to be a churchgoer, or even a Christian, to be moved by the power of Duvall's great performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
February 18, 2006
A labor of love coming to fruition after 13 years, this is Robert Duvall's third and best directorial effort, a sharply observed exploration of a preacher who embarks on a redemption odyssey after committing a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... may be the most unapologetic, intimate portrayal of a religious man in the history of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 15, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
As the charismatic Sonny, Duvall brilliantly shouts the praises of Jesus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 31, 2003
There are scattered inspired moments throughout this two-and-a-half hour epic but, like many actor-directors, Duvall is so in love with his material -- and his star -- that he just can't say 'cut.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
July 19, 2003
Disturbing but thought-provoking depiction of genuine faith coexisting with sin and carnality… like the troubling fiction of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Flannery O'Connor, a vindication of belief without being a vindication of every believer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Robert Duvall, writer, director, producer, and star of The Apostle, absolutely seethes with the character of Sonny Dewey (alias Apostle E.F.) in this, perhaps the best performance of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
It's a sin to miss 'The Apostle.'
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 1, 2002
Nobody's perfect, but this movie's pretty darned close in its subtle telling of a Godly man from the south on his quest for conviction.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...introduces one of the most complex and naturalistic characters ever to appear on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
A highly engaging drama about the fall and redemption of a Pentecostal preacher from Texas.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 17, 2002
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000

E! Online
January 1, 2000

Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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