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Conspiracy of Silence Reviews

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December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
December 5, 2004
An often-riveting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
November 22, 2004
Does not profess to answer the question of celibacy; it merely asks it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2004
A gripping drama embracing the film-maker's belief that priests should be allowed to marry (as they had been allowed during the first 11 centuries of Church history).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 6, 2004
While it's not particularly sophisticated filmmaking, John Deery's first feature is thoroughly engrossing, while avoiding pat answers and cheaply reassuring resolutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
March 18, 2005
Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2005
[A] fervent yet scattershot film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
January 29, 2005
Conspiracy of Silence is well-meaning but has has no faith in its audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
December 3, 2004
While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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