Conspiracy of Silence Reviews

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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
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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 2, 2004
As stacked as any more secular nonfiction agitprop from the recent election season.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 2, 2004
For a salting of sex and foul language, John Decry's investigative thriller plays like third-tier P.D. James adapted for TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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.
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
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 6, 2004
This controversial thriller does not go beyond polemic.
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
November 30, 2004
It's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler.
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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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 2, 2004
The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.
Full Review | 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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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
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 10, 2005
[A] fervent yet scattershot film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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
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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
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
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
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August 16, 2007
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December 5, 2004
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