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Twist of Faith (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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A man must reconcile his religion with a need for justice and closure in this documentary. Tony Comes was a firefighter living in Toledo, OH, with his wife and children. While Comes was a solid family man and had the respect of his fellow firemen, he was hiding a secret that had been haunting him for almost 20 years -- when he was 14 years old, Comes was sexually abused by a Catholic priest, an event that left him with emotional scars that were slow to heal. In 2002, as stories of child sexual

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Dick's film puts a human face on a churchwide scandal that sometimes seems too big to comprehend.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's a demanding film but one filled with important truths about humanity in all its denominations.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The pain and the contradictions and the ironies are manifold, and Dick...does justice to all.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Kirby Dick's damning, Oscar- nominated documentary, Twist of Fate, puts a face on the clerical sex scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church.

July 1, 2005
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Abuses of power are all the more shocking when the betrayers are expected to be figures of moral integrity.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The child-abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church are brought to painfully intimate terms in this engrossing, unnerving documentary.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Now 34, Tony opens his soul-searching, his home, his private moments with family & children so that the world can see the consequences of those that prey from the pulpit.

December 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
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A remarkable portrait of a courageous man's efforts to put his life back together.

July 23, 2005
Reel.com

The film is difficult to watch but illuminating as a piece of hard, spare journalism.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

There are scenes in this movie that moved me to tears, it is impossible not to be taken in by Tony's plight.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
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Like so many true stories, Comes' lacks the clarity and comforting resolution of fiction; it's a morass of accusations and denials that taints and poisons everyone involved.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

makes a convincing case that suffering in silence would have been much worse

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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This is heartbreaking stuff, sensitively captured by an insightful and brilliant documentarian.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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It daringly uses the medium break down the barriers between the subject and the audience for a topic that lends itself to dark secrecy. It's almost too devastating to watch.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Kirby Dick's emotionally touching documentary, Twist of Faith, explores the relevant, much in the news, issue of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church.

February 21, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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I've no idea why we've seen so many of these tragic abuse cases, but I do believe that Twist of Faith may help to prevent new ones.

February 2, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A potent and meditative new documentary.

January 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Audience Reviews for Twist of Faith

It works as a companion to the horrifying documentary 'Deliver Us From Evil'. That film, while it dealt with the emotional toll it took on families and their personal rage at those responsible, was more about the environment in the Catholic Church that allowed this type of rampant abuse to occur and remain secret for so long. 'Twist of Faith' is entirely about the personal cost of sexual abuse on the victims. It never goes away, and its arguable that it may never really get better. The toll it takes on this mans family life, his sexual relationship with his wife, his interaction with other people, his religious faith, and every day moments is astronomical. Director Kirby Dick wisely keeps the focus on the people and lets them talk and tell the story. Its unbelievably sad and infuriating that this Priest could destroy so many lives . . . and not just those he abused but the loved ones of the victims as well.
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