Ordinary Sinner (2002)



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A young man struggles to sort out his feelings and his future as a wave of intolerance sweeps through a college town in this drama. Peter Thompson (Brendan P. Hines) was a student at a seminary studying to be an Episcopalian minister, until a tragic incident involving another student caused him to question his faith and his calling. Peter moves to a college town in Vermont, where he gets a job in a pizza joint run by Mike (Peter Onorati), and reconnects with Father Ed (A. Martinez), a gruff but … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Mahone
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On DVD: Oct 14, 2003
Jour de Fete Films



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Critic Reviews for Ordinary Sinner

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

While Ordinary Sinner manages to capture the sense of confusion and uncertainty a young man experiences at a crossroads in his life, it is a slack and preachy business that never comes to grips with its underlying theme of homophobia.

Full Review… | March 27, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Plays like a glossy student film that's not quite as insightful or edgy as it thinks it is.

Full Review… | March 27, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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This well-meaning if bland romantic drama plays and looks a lot like a 'special' episode of Dawson's Creek.

February 14, 2003
New York Post
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Mr. Davis has a lot of ideas, but when it comes to dramatizing them, he is unable to give them an engaging form.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003
New York Times
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Hiding its poverty of imagination under a layer of simpleminded social criticism, Davis's directorial debut lurches unconvincingly from self-congratulatory polemic to bereavement melodrama to Hardy Boys mystery.

Full Review… | February 11, 2003
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Ordinary Sinner

A superb, slightly over complex film about sexuality in various forms, the nature of truth, and the attempts people make, or don't make, to reconcile their own beliefs (moral and religious) in the face of adversity. Ordinary Sinner cleverly plays with viewers expectations, particularly in terms of character development; the various twists succeed thanks to exceptionally good casting in both lead and supporting roles, although the convoluted structure occasionally confuses things. Brendan Hines, Elizabeth Banks and Kris Park are all exceptional as the three friends. Over the course of the film their relationships are tried and tested as it appears events unfold around them - but they are intertwined in them in ways they don't all realize. Especially good is Hines, who gives a deceptively simple performance that makes his emotions easy to read, which in this case is important since things mostly take place from his POV. There's very good support from A Martinez and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who I recognized from the cancelled sitcom The Class). Ordinary Sinner deserves to reach a larger audience as I'm sure it would resonate with many people (it only makes me more happy that I'm an athiest) - sadly, at time of writing, I'm only one of two people on Flixster who have rated the film, and the first person to write a review.

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