Calvary Reviews

November 3, 2018
I found the film tiring.
September 2, 2014
...a rather one-note premise that's employed to often disastrously dull effect...
August 22, 2014
Calvary becomes a lurid Agatha Christie yarn with something important to say about the church and Ireland that McDonagh can't fully articulate. Pulp keeps getting in the way.
August 15, 2014
Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie's something of a mess.
August 11, 2014
[T]he kooky residents of a small Irish village... go search of a black comedy, but get stuck in a dramatic thriller that goes nowhere.
August 7, 2014
The irony and fatalism that have driven "Calvary" forward reach an end point that, while doubtlessly dramatic, doesn't jibe with the Father James we've come to know and love.
August 3, 2014
I've seen so many movies, with great dialogue, that aren't about anything; here's a film on a fascinating subject, but the dialogue is terrible.
August 1, 2014
Good actors like Chris O'Dowd, Moran, Gleeson, and Walsh are acting their hearts out, but they can't make these characters seem like more than puppets.
July 31, 2014
Self-conscious dialogue, stiff characterizations and unimaginative filmmaking prove to be a recipe for the forgettable.
July 31, 2014
Calvary, however, offers no redemption or even catharsis - at best, some talk of forgiveness - and McDonagh's crude drollery, if that's the word for it, feels forced, fake, as though anger is acceptable if delivered with a punch line.
July 31, 2014
The reliance on specific genre cliches undermines the movie's more serious intentions.
July 29, 2014
Every parishioner of Father James' a flamboyant figure of comic dysfunction, nihilism or misanthropy.
July 29, 2014
One may feel dissatisfied by the 11th-hour turn toward lyrical fatalism, and mildly insulted by the presumptuous attitude it seems to choose as it sends us on our way.
April 26, 2014
Calvary treads worryingly close to the theater work of John Michael McDonagh's younger sibling, and never quite lives up to such lofty standards.
April 10, 2014
Calvary's gruelling central issue of abuse has been enough to quieten much criticism of the film, but in truth, most of the time it is coasting.
April 7, 2014
Perhaps to compensate for his talky script and repetitive structure, McDonagh's direction is distractingly fussy, all asymmetrical framing and on-the-nose symbolism. The one grace note is Gleeson.
February 22, 2014
Full of promise, but Calvary settles hard into a film about inevitability in its third act. And I have a hard time finding insight in a closed circle of inevitability. If everything the characters do is inevitable, why did we bother?