True Confessions Reviews
October 24, 2014
The novel is terrific and this strangely overlooked winner is close behind. LA noir filled with engaging characters and unexpected events. DeNiro excellent, as he always was, at this early stage of his career.
June 20, 2014
Looks and sounds good, but merely something to have in the background. I'm agreeing with William F. Buckley, Jr., De Niro was miscast and is not entirely convincing.
February 19, 2014
Considering all the talent involved, "True Confession" could've been so much more--what a shame.
December 30, 2013
The acting is fine, but the story is fairly slow moving.
December 27, 2013
I watched this film at just the right time because today I also started playing "L.A. Noir" today and they have very much the same look and feel. Both have a lot of brightly lit, but still very noir feeling 1950s Los Angeles. The story involves two brothers, one a LA police detective and the other a rising star in the Catholic church, who are both connected to a murder investigation. The film has a bit more of a gritty, realistic feel to old LA than "Chinatown," but it also makes the film feel a bit more drab. The look and feel of the film is it's the main strength because the story is ponderously slow. However, the production design, photography, music and atmosphere, along with the great Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, make it well worth watching if you're in a patient mood for a slow movie Black Dahlia-like mystery. Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan, Burgess Meredith, Dan Hedaya and James Hong help make-up a solid supporting cast.
September 6, 2013
This is one of my all time favorite movies.
January 6, 2009
The acting compensates for its lackluster ending.
July 25, 2013
It isn't paced well, and there are too many moments of silent brooding and nothing else, but the core of the story is good, and I felt something by the end of it. Not near as good as it should have been, but not bad either.
July 9, 2013
This one was a joy to watch. DeNiro and Duvall are at the top of their games in this one and have an amazing script and very well written characters to sink their acting chops into. They do not disappoint and provide us with a wonderful show of tour de force acting. The movie itself is a real film noir throwback kind of film and for fans of the genre it is not to be missed.
June 11, 2013
It's a well known fact the Irish have more hemorrhoids than other people
Father Des Spellacy is an aspiring priest with a bright future within the church. Detective Tom Spellacy is the father's brother, he has a very checkered past, and he is brought in to help solve who is behind a murdered prostitute. Somehow, each of their worlds is tied to the crime. Can they solve the mystery without bringing each other down?
"Want to play carnival?"
"It's when I sit on your face and you guest my weight."
Ulu Grosbard, director of Falling in Love, The Deep End of the Ocean, Georgia, The Subject was Roses, and Straight Time, delivers True Confessions. The storyline for this picture is just okay and not overly well presented. The characters are interesting and the conclusion is pretty good but the script and overall plot could have been better. The acting is pretty good and the cast includes Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Cyril Cusack, and Kenneth McMillan.
"You show me a priest whose eyes twinkly all of the time and I'll show you a moron."
I DVR'd this picture off a resent Robert Duvall marathon on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This was the first time this picture has aired on TCM. It should be the last. This is far from what I would call "a classic movie." This was the first movie Duvall and DeNiro were in together (technically, they were both in Godfather 2, but they didn't have a single scene together in that picture). Overall, I found this movie a bit bland and boring. I recommend skipping this picture.
"I need you like I need another fuck."
May 22, 2013
Two exciting, dangerous actors have little to do: Duvall spends too much time pacing and waiting; De Niro's big scene has him hanging up his vestments.
January 26, 2013
Good movie. But, this movie scared me. It made me afraid to be or live alone.
December 14, 2012
This has to be one of the most under-rated yet best performances from two actors who are known for dominant characters. The story is a great study of power and its abuse (even when unintentional or with the best of intentions) and is a quiet period piece that relies on story more than anything else.
November 2, 2012
disappointing script but the two leads hold it up
July 3, 2012
The only good part of this movie was probably Robert Duvall's acting .
March 12, 2012
Feels more like an off pace gangster flick without the mob.
July 30, 2008
The problem with True Confessions is that it is just so dull and unengaging. The great shame of it is that De Niro and Duvall are barely required to get out of their comfort zone. The result is flat and unremarkable.
December 20, 2011
De Niro and Duvall are brothers -- one a successful Catholic priest, the other a homicide detective, connected also through a murder investigation and its likely suspects -- well done movie, where one actually has to pay attention to the plot and dialogue.
December 4, 2011
True Confessions is a masterful film. It is about a worldly ambitious monsignor who clashes with his brother, a cynical L.A. homicide detective who investigates the brutal murder of a young prostitute. Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Ulu Grosbard did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this movie because of the drama. True Confessions is a must see.