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Doubt Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 11, 2008
Doubt is being squired around town as prime Oscar bait. But in Shanley's hands, it only looks deep.
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Shanley's continuous straining for that Great Unknown is undercut by tidy characters and cinematic deficiencies
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Doubt is a shaggy-god story. Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley from his successful Broadway play, it has all the grace of a high school debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies
February 6, 2009
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
Chris Barsanti
December 12, 2008
There is precious little doubt in Doubt.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 15, 2008
It is one of those plays that I think should have stay on the stage.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 26, 2008
Despite Streep's histrionics, this transfer from stage drama to big screen lacks cinematic novelty. It always feels small when it should feel intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
December 12, 2008
Doubt still creaks a bit of the stage, displaying the kind of tidy narrative geometry that's easier to pull off in the acknowledged artifice of live theater than in the feigned intimacy of cinema.
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
December 7, 2008
Doubt doesn't work fully on screen as it did on stage, but it's worth seeing for Streep's grace notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
January 21, 2009
More than any other movie I can think of in the past few years, 'Doubt' was conceived of, and produced, for the sole purpose of winning Oscars. That's why it exists, and no, that's not a compliment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)
February 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.25/5
Prairie Miller
December 31, 2008
If Shanley is condemning any rush to judgment, why is the deck so solidly stacked, not just against Streep's shrew, but all the women? Not to mention dismissing priest pedophilia as a conspiracy theory by mean nuns, considering the alarming public record.
Cole Smithey
December 1, 2008
Convincing performances from Amy Adams (as Sister James), Meryl Streep, and Philip Seymour Hoffman do little to mitigate the material's buried agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Sobczynski
December 11, 2008
"Doubt" never quite works as a film for the simple reason that it is the kind of narrative that requires the intimacy and immediacy of the live theatrical experience for it to truly succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
February 10, 2009
The moral grey area of the title perhaps worked better in the stage play; exposed on screen it's not "doubt" being expressed, it's the sound of Streep's headmistressy voice demanding, "That Oscar - on my desk, NOW."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erik Childress
December 11, 2008
Doubt ends on a note so ridiculous, so heavy-handed and over-the-top that it would have been right at home during some cartoon parody of pretentious Oscar do-gooders trying to shout its message towards your 6-D glasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kent Turner
December 12, 2008
Shanley's play would seem ideally suited for the scrutiny of a camera. But if anything, the film feels less nuanced, bulldozed by Streep's take-no-prisoner performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 13, 2008
I'm still shaking my head over the implausible way this film ends.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 3, 2008
Doubt, fussily overdirected by its author, John Patrick Shanley, dulls the play's own sharp inquiries into the dangerous power of those who profess certainty with God on their side.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 12, 2008
As a consideration of faith and propriety, the movie never managed to boil my blood or break my heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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