• Doubt
    3 minutes 48 seconds
    Added: Sep 17, 2008


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Doubt Reviews

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Contando com diálogos cortantes e concebidos (e ditos) com elegância, Dúvida mantém a força de seu título até os segundos finais.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

February 6, 2009

Daily Record [UK]

It's a splendid piece of work which, without a doubt, is hugely entertaining - and thankfully short, running at just over an hour and a half. Benjamin Button take note.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2009
Peter Bradshaw

Doubt looks like some sort of upscale horror film, complete with crows and swirling leaves like The Omen. It's actually a terminally muddled piece of star-studded Oscar-bait.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

February 6, 2009
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

There are times when Doubt feels like a sermon. Shanley highlights key themes as if the audience was a particularly dim-witted congregation. His direction, too, when it's not dolloping on the symbolism, can be stilted.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

February 6, 2009
Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies

What possessed the once credible Meryl Streep to take on the caricatured role of crusading Sister Aloysius? And why is her performance so uniformly unconvincing?

| Original Score: 2/5

February 6, 2009
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Doubt is an old-fashioned talkfest which often betrays its origins as a play. It relies for its power on a series of stagey arguments.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

February 6, 2009

Sun Online

The story is slight and unsatisfactory. And the final line is cringeworthy.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

February 6, 2009
David Jenkins
Time Out Sydney

Tense and teasingly ambiguous...

Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney | Original Score: 5/6

February 5, 2009
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)

The film fails to convince dramatically, not because of the performances -- the cast are all excellent -- but because the air has been sucked out of the characters.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.25/5

February 5, 2009
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

A mighty actor, a smart play, a clunky adaptation.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Empathy is one of the dramatist's slyest weapons and Shanley uses it wisely.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009

Intelligent and incisive, Doubt is a credible attempt by Shanley and his cast to adapt his play for the screen. Powered by finely tuned dialogue and performances, the result, while never explosive, is a gripping and engaging.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

There is just one key element that grates, and that is Meryl Streep's monstrously over-the-top central performance.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Immensely powerful drama, beautifully played and delivering an emotional punch that offers a small glimmer of hope.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009
Neil Smith
Total Film

Though Shanley's first film as director since 1990 flop Joe Versus The Volcano never strays far from its theatrical origins, his unfussy direction and compelling script provide a perfect platform for his talented cast.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The dialogue is vitamin-rich. "Where's your compassion, Sister?" appeals Hoffman. "Nowhere you can reach it," ripostes Streep. The actress shows so much culinary art in her line-readings that an Oscar nomination seems less appropriate than a Michelin star

Full Review Source: Financial Times

February 5, 2009
Derek Malcolm
This is London

It does not make the most of what ought to be rather frightening and ultimately moving material.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2009
Matthew Turner

Impressively directed drama with a gripping script and a pair of powerhouse performances from Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, though the ending may prove frustrating for some.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009
Robbie Collin
News of the World

It's more heavily staged than a fourth judge walk-out in the second week of a Simon Cowell talent show.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2009
Victor Olliver

Streep, I think, subverts the film's intention by allowing us rightly to sympathise a little with a woman whose power base is under threat by a man.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 8/10

February 5, 2009
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