Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God Reviews

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Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 23, 2013
a carefully constructed observation of the facts and a withering condemnation of the behaviour of the Catholic Church.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 28, 2013
Before you say you can't take another feature length documentary about sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, know that Alex Gibney's examination of the subject is both fresh and revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 24, 2013
Gibney tracks a disgraceful cover-up within the Catholic church.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
March 24, 2013
A heartbreaking, brilliantly executed exposť, in which four deaf victims bring the church to account. Their testimonies are chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
March 21, 2013
Alex Gibney isn't casting the first stone at the Vatican with his documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. But, God willing, it will be the most effective in shattering their narrative of blissful ignorance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
March 20, 2013
Tragedy that sticks to your bones -- a gut-punch look at the Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal as filtered through the experiential prism of a group of victims from a single Midwestern school for the deaf.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 15, 2013
With meticulous care and intricate detail, Silence In The House of God deconstructs the nature of the Catholic Church's systematic cover ups of pedophilia among their clergy, stretching back well into the past century
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 15, 2013
It is ironic that the raised voices of a small group of deaf boys from Milwaukee, Wisconsin are loud enough to threaten the code of silence over child molestation accusations in the Catholic Church
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
March 6, 2013
It's not one documentary that you'd care to endure on repeat viewings but it's a necessary investigation into the paedophilic petri dish that the Catholic Church allowed itself to become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
February 26, 2013
It's impossible to leave the cinema without hoping that the Papal resignation and the awful events explored here are not unrelated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 17, 2013
It's a lucid film everyone should see and the Vatican should answer for.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
February 15, 2013
There's a reason this expertly shot and edited documentary is skimming under the radar: no one wants you to see it. The hugely skilled Gibney is taking on the world's biggest corporation, the Vatican.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 15, 2013
[A] harrowing exposť of child abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, which reveals the extent the Vatican has been actively involved in covering up crimes committed by priests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
February 14, 2013
A kind of unintentional leaving gift for the outgoing Pope Benedict, though it is not one he is likely to relish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
February 14, 2013
The film shocks you to the marrow, and every frame burns with a righteous fire, itself religious in its intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
February 14, 2013
The case has been widely reported but this is still an important film, laying out who knew what, and when. It's chilling: the conspiracy of silence goes all the way to the Vatican.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 14, 2013
This is a tremendous documentary: at once cool and scalding, outraged and meticulous; a must-see for everyone, both inside and outside the "House of God".
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 14, 2013
Impressively directed and thoroughly researched, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a powerful and deeply upsetting documentary that demands to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
The List
February 12, 2013
Details the ways, in the face of devastating evidence, that the Catholic Church attempted to cover-up a priest's serial criminality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 11, 2013
If you thought that Amy Berg's Deliver Us from Evil had extracted every last word on the issue of child abuse in the Catholic Church, Alex Gibney proves with his new film that there's still plenty left to be infuriated about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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