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Conspiracy of Silence Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 8, 2005
Catholic nay-sayers will probably have a field day with the movie, but most would be better served by any one of the numerous documentaries that cover the same topic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 18, 2005
Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 17, 2005
The kind of film that has its heart in the right place: exposing corruption. But it loses credibility by doing so in a melodramatic way.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 11, 2005
A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 10, 2005
[A] fervent yet scattershot film.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
The need to portray the powers-that-be at all levels -- from the Vatican to the local parish -- in the worst possible light intrudes upon the movie, making it feel like a personal vendetta.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 29, 2005
Conspiracy of Silence is well-meaning but has has no faith in its audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 8, 2004
Though Conspiracy of Silence misses a chance at being a first-rate drama, it sheds much-needed light on an area that the mainstream press has mysteriously abandoned.
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
December 5, 2004
An often-riveting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2004
The limp thriller plot Deery constructs to frame his theological inquiries is both artificial and not very interesting, a lethal combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 3, 2004
Certainly a debate over the church's tradition of an unmarried clergy ... could be a good and worthy one. But a quick, clumsy melodrama -- complete with awkward, pop-scored sex scenes -- isn't the best venue.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 3, 2004
While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 3, 2004
Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
December 3, 2004
For American audiences who have followed recent Church scandals, this less-than-penetrating exposť will be of mild interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Anita Gates
New York Times
December 2, 2004
John Deery's modest drama is one big, obvious argument against the vow of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, but it has heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 2, 2004
For a salting of sex and foul language, John Decry's investigative thriller plays like third-tier P.D. James adapted for TV.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 2, 2004
As stacked as any more secular nonfiction agitprop from the recent election season.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 2, 2004
The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 1, 2004
Conspiracy of Silence is a thoughtful drama about some of the formidable challenges faced by reform-minded Catholics who dare to question the tradition of celibacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
November 30, 2004
It's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler.
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