Calvary Reviews

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December 24, 2014
Writer-director John Michael McDonagh has crafted a bleak and bitter film. I kept waiting the for the film to make a wrong turn, to cheat, to take the easy way out, to lean on film cliches and formulas, but it never did.
November 12, 2014
October 31, 2014
Gleeson provides an emotional anchor with an understated portrayal that balances strength and vulnerability.
September 22, 2014
The tension of Calvary is fitful at best, and much of the movie trips into silliness, but in Brendan Gleeson -- in his proud bearing and his lamenting gaze -- we see the plight of the lonely believer in a world beyond belief.
September 15, 2014
Once in a great while, a film leaves you dumbstruck. Which is wonderful, unless you happen to be a reviewer. You're kind of expected to come up with something to say.
September 9, 2014
asks troubling questions about keeping the faith in a fallen world.
September 2, 2014
...a rather one-note premise that's employed to often disastrously dull effect...
August 30, 2014
Brendan Gleeson is impossible not to like no matter what project. This one is a fascinating character study and a deep look at a complex man of the cloth.
August 28, 2014
The film ends with the faintest glimmer of hope, but even that hope comes wrapped in despair, suggesting that we're each all we have to rely on. Because the man upstairs isn't answering our calls.
August 25, 2014
Calvary is not your father's Calvary.
August 25, 2014
The mood here is far more sombre, as Gleeson's thoroughly decent cleric reflects on sin and death, mercy and forgiveness... But there is humour, too, especially from the gallery of eccentrics and oddballs who inhabit this wind-whipped Sligo parish.
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 21, 2014
It's not exactly a walk on the wild side, but it will take a stout heart to deal with the hostility and venom dished out by an assortment of troubled parishioners, all introduced taking Holy Communion, of all things.
August 20, 2014
Tough as it is, Calvary is food for the soul.
August 18, 2014
Father James' stature grows in our eyes, due in great part to Gleeson's powerful performance, which at the very least deserves an Oscar nomination if not the award itself.
August 18, 2014
Intense and compassionate, it revolves around the complicated concept of forgiveness.
August 16, 2014
Thanks to writer-director John Michael McDonagh's powerhouse script and Brendan Gleeson's superb central performance, Calvary earns its sour stripes -- it's a bruising beauty of a film.
August 15, 2014
Devilishly satirizes charming Irish comedies. . .With a wallop, we ponder what would happen to such a cinematically quaint town and genre when its last moral center is gone.
August 15, 2014
Admirable work indeed, but also a painful walk in the darkness. Meanwhile, Brendan Gleeson's tender scenes with Kelly Reilly and Marie-Josée Croze shape the movie's loving soul.
August 15, 2014
It's billed as a black comedy, but at its root, Calvary wants to move you emotionally and still you as the closing credits soberly roll. It succeeds on both counts.
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