Calvary Reviews

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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.
August 15, 2014
Compared with the treacle and sentimentality that dominate most Hollywood movies about religion, the existence of this funny, gut-wrenching, thoughtful take on sacrifice and redemption feels almost like a miracle.
August 15, 2014
Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie's something of a mess.
August 14, 2014
Did I mention that despite its intense, serious subject matter, it's also wickedly funny, often making you laugh when you should probably be doing penance?
August 14, 2014
It serves as a marvelous showcase for Gleeson, a great old-lion actor who shows, in the film's many close-ups, a quiet, weary yet unbending faith, and a face on which emotion can play like a wave on the beach.
August 14, 2014
Writer-director John Michael McDonagh paints a rich portrait of the priestly life (and life in general) by concentrating on the details.
August 14, 2014
Cruel and laced with pitch-black humor, it is a film that will needle its way into your psyche; removing it may prove difficult.
August 14, 2014
"Calvary" [is] a parable and gives Gleeson's earthly journey the ring of spiritual truth.
August 14, 2014
Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy.
August 14, 2014
The resulting mystery-play-goes-mystery-movie allegory may have a heavy hand, but it also has its finger on the pulse of the struggles facing the [Catholic] Church and the emotional needs of its drifting parishioners.
August 14, 2014
McDonagh isn't always successful at juggling his disparate impulses, leaving his film to tonally lurch from one scene to the next. But damned if he shouldn't be praised for trying.
August 13, 2014
Full-to-bursting with a raft of idiosyncratic characters and philosophical conflicts and the current crisis in the Church and idiomatic comic dialogue strung along by the script's thriller-like ticking clock.
August 12, 2014
John Michael McDonagh's caustic passion play pits one stolid cleric against the whole filthy universe of base humanity, which demands he atone for the sins of the Catholic Church.
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 10, 2014
Brendan Gleeson carries the film with a forceful portrait of a man increasingly resigned to his helplessness in the face of a society permanently soiled.
August 9, 2014
Great filmmaking is an art. McDonagh and Gleeson have showcased that art with "Calvary".
August 8, 2014
A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds.
August 8, 2014
Calvary is full-to-bursting with a raft of idiosyncratic characters and philosophical conflicts and the current crisis in the Church and idiomatic comic dialogue strung along by the script's thriller-like ticking clock. It's also beautifully shot.
August 8, 2014
We must forgive the movie for its sins of formality because it's trying to work out the mother of moral dilemmas before our very eyes.
August 8, 2014
Gleeson delivers towering performance as Christ-like priest who must pay for someone else's sins.
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