Calvary Reviews

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December 31, 2017
It's Gleeson who gives the performance of a lifetime as the priest.
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.
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
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
Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy.
August 8, 2014
A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds.
August 8, 2014
To say Gleeson "stars" in Calvary seems inadequate. He dominates it ...
August 8, 2014
"Calvary" is often wound tightest in the most unexpected places.
August 8, 2014
[Gleeson] projects fierce intelligence, wit, gentleness, ruefulness, soulfulness.
August 7, 2014
Gleeson is the great anchor of the piece, conveying much often without even saying a word.
August 7, 2014
It doesn't confront church scandal-priestly crime; it stares into the spiritual void that has been left in its wake. What stares back is lurid, soulless and damned.
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 7, 2014
Gleeson brings his usual fierceness and gravity to the role, and there are fine supporting turns by Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aiden Gillen, and Dylan Moran.
August 7, 2014
Gleeson is remarkable in one of the best roles for one of the finest character actors around, who is finally, with this and McDonagh's last film, "The Guard," getting his shot at lead roles.
August 7, 2014
I imagine most people will watch the film and merely see the village as populated by vivid eccentrics. But a closer look at these odd, bitter, hostile characters will suggest something darker at work.
August 7, 2014
Gleeson carries the film with wonderful, natural authority. He's a little better than the movie itself, which is glib to a fault.
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.
Top Critic
August 1, 2014
Calvary is bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure.
August 1, 2014
Calvary gives Gleeson ample opportunity to explore his talent for anchoring a movie, making it deeper and richer than the script and direction might otherwise allow.
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