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The Apostle Reviews

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Michael Dequina
March 31, 2009
Shocking in its unbridled, electrifying energy and raw emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
August 13, 2007
I cannot recall a movie so dominated by the performance of one actor (Robert Duvall) as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 21, 2006
Some kind of acting miracle ... One doesn't have to be a churchgoer, or even a Christian, to be moved by the power of Duvall's great performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Emanuel Levy
February 18, 2006
A labor of love coming to fruition after 13 years, this is Robert Duvall's third and best directorial effort, a sharply observed exploration of a preacher who embarks on a redemption odyssey after committing a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... may be the most unapologetic, intimate portrayal of a religious man in the history of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
As the charismatic Sonny, Duvall brilliantly shouts the praises of Jesus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 31, 2003
There are scattered inspired moments throughout this two-and-a-half hour epic but, like many actor-directors, Duvall is so in love with his material -- and his star -- that he just can't say 'cut.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
July 19, 2003
Disturbing but thought-provoking depiction of genuine faith coexisting with sin and carnality… like the troubling fiction of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Flannery O'Connor, a vindication of belief without being a vindication of every believer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Robert Duvall, writer, director, producer, and star of The Apostle, absolutely seethes with the character of Sonny Dewey (alias Apostle E.F.) in this, perhaps the best performance of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
It's a sin to miss 'The Apostle.'
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 1, 2002
Nobody's perfect, but this movie's pretty darned close in its subtle telling of a Godly man from the south on his quest for conviction.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...introduces one of the most complex and naturalistic characters ever to appear on screen.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
A highly engaging drama about the fall and redemption of a Pentecostal preacher from Texas.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
"The Apostle" is like a lesson in how movies can escape from convention and penetrate the hearts of rare characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Duvall has created a work that tries to be more than entertaining, reaching to be a more artistic film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
Duvall's integrity and intelligence shine through his movie and his performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Duvall is very convincing and even sympathetic, despite the demanding nature of the role.
Richard Porton
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Earnest and often moving account of one man's struggle for redemption
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
One of the most self-indulgent, muddled, badly written, vague and pointless exercises in filmmaking I have ever had to sit through.
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
Walking away from The Apostle, I felt renewed and reborn...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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