Conspiracy of Silence Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 11, 2005
A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 8, 2004
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.
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
December 5, 2004
An often-riveting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anita Gates
New York Times
December 2, 2004
John Deery's modest drama is one big, obvious argument against the vow of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, but it has heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 1, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Brody
CinemaBlend.com
November 22, 2004
Does not profess to answer the question of celibacy; it merely asks it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
November 11, 2004
A gripping drama embracing the film-maker's belief that priests should be allowed to marry (as they had been allowed during the first 11 centuries of Church history).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Westal
Film Threat
October 6, 2004
While it's not particularly sophisticated filmmaking, John Deery's first feature is thoroughly engrossing, while avoiding pat answers and cheaply reassuring resolutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 8, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 18, 2005
Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 17, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 10, 2005
[A] fervent yet scattershot film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 29, 2005
Conspiracy of Silence is well-meaning but has has no faith in its audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 3, 2004
The limp thriller plot Deery constructs to frame his theological inquiries is both artificial and not very interesting, a lethal combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 3, 2004
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 3, 2004
While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 3, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
December 3, 2004
For American audiences who have followed recent Church scandals, this less-than-penetrating exposť will be of mild interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 5, 2004
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AV Club
December 2, 2004
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