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Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence (2004)

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20

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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U.K. filmmaker John Deery makes his writing and directing feature debut with the religious drama Conspiracy of Silence, dealing with the controversial topic of reforming the Catholic Church. At an Irish seminary school, student Daniel McLaughlin (Jonathan Forbes) is caught in a compromising position with fellow male student Noel (Owen McDonnell). He is subsequently kicked out of school and considers marrying his ex-girlfriend Sinead (Catherine Walker). Meanwhile, reporter David Foley (Jason

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Art House & International, Drama

John Deery

Jul 19, 2005

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Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The need to portray the powers-that-be at all levels -- from the Vatican to the local parish -- in the worst possible light intrudes upon the movie, making it feel like a personal vendetta.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Certainly a debate over the church's tradition of an unmarried clergy ... could be a good and worthy one. But a quick, clumsy melodrama -- complete with awkward, pop-scored sex scenes -- isn't the best venue.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.

December 3, 2004
New York Post
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Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Catholic nay-sayers will probably have a field day with the movie, but most would be better served by any one of the numerous documentaries that cover the same topic.

August 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The kind of film that has its heart in the right place: exposing corruption. But it loses credibility by doing so in a melodramatic way.

March 17, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[A] fervent yet scattershot film.

March 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Conspiracy of Silence is well-meaning but has has no faith in its audience.

January 29, 2005
Groucho Reviews

Though Conspiracy of Silence misses a chance at being a first-rate drama, it sheds much-needed light on an area that the mainstream press has mysteriously abandoned.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An often-riveting film.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The limp thriller plot Deery constructs to frame his theological inquiries is both artificial and not very interesting, a lethal combination.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For American audiences who have followed recent Church scandals, this less-than-penetrating exposť will be of mild interest.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Conspiracy of Silence is a thoughtful drama about some of the formidable challenges faced by reform-minded Catholics who dare to question the tradition of celibacy.

December 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence

Interesting insights into the cloistered life of priests. The movie examines the concept of celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church, showing the hypocritical, political, and detrimental effects it has on them. Good cast. Decently done.
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