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Conspiracy of Silence Reviews

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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
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
December 2, 2004
As stacked as any more secular nonfiction agitprop from the recent election season.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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.
January 29, 2005
Conspiracy of Silence is well-meaning but has has no faith in its audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2004
This controversial thriller does not go beyond polemic.
November 30, 2004
It's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler.
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 2, 2004
The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.
Full Review | 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
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
March 10, 2005
[A] fervent yet scattershot film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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 18, 2005
Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 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
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
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