Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God Reviews

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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 16, 2012
It feels a bit like a monster movie. It is, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 16, 2012
In the end, decades of such crimes going undetected and undeterred under the aegis of one employer - any employer - speaks for itself. And the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the men from St. John's speaks louder still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 15, 2012
Partly an inspiring saga of growing "deaf power" and human resilience, and partly a murky and fragmentary drama about an immense, closed-minded bureaucracy with paranoid and conspiratorial tendencies that finds itself unable to adjust to the modern world.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 15, 2012
There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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November 15, 2012
Gibney's most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 15, 2012
Fearless nonfiction filmmaker Alex Gibney details a history of horrific abuse by Catholic clergy in this tough-to-watch documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
November 15, 2012
Primed to deliver a heady dose of outrage via a broad overview of systemic cover-ups tracing to the Vatican, as well as a specific and heartbreaking case in Wisconsin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2012
To someone who was raised and educated in the Catholic school system, as I was, a film like this inspires shock and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
The film is one-sided, of course-church officials ignored interview requests, but their version has been around for a couple of millennia anyway.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 13, 2012
Mea Maxima Culpa only gets messier the more it tries to iris out to a larger indictment. The central tragedy ends up diluted to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
November 13, 2012
I don't speak Latin, but I'm pretty sure that "Mea Maxima Culpa" translates into, "Good grief, don't watch this movie without access to some Excedrin."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 12, 2012
No one of true faith will get over Maxima Mea Culpa.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 12, 2012
Damning doc pairs an individual sex-abuse case with analysis of institutional dysfunction at the Vatican.
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Justin Chang
Variety
October 12, 2012
A powerful, necessary contribution to a chilling body of reportage that, one senses by film's end, has just begun to take stock of the human costs of a monstrous conspiracy.