Constantine's Sword (2007)



Critic Consensus: Exceptional research elevates Constantine's Sword from a talking heads documentary to a resonant and thought-provoking expose of the church's dark history.

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Academy Award-nominated director Oren Jacoby helmed this documentary adaptation of former Catholic priest James Carroll's nonfiction book of the same name. An anti-war activist, Carroll delves into Christianity's history to learn how a faith founded on peace could come to be used as a tool for war-mongers. Jacoby follows Carroll as he explores the phenomenon from its origins in ancient times up through the modern-day U.S. military. Constantine's Sword screened at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival.
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Phillip Bosco
as Gian Pietro Caraffa
Natasha Richardson
as Edith Stein
Eli Wallach
as Piero Terracina
Philip Bosco
as Gian Pietro Caraffa
Liev Schreiber
as Constantine
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Critic Reviews for Constantine's Sword

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

Jacoby and Carroll make their case skillfully, carefully excerpting key scenes from Lenny (with Dustin Hoffman doing a Lenny Bruce monologue on anti-Jewish prejudice) and The Robe.

August 29, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Constantine's Sword speaks provocatively to history and our moment.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The breadth of Carroll's scholarship and the depth of his religious understanding strengthen his assertion that our misadventure in Iraq is the beginning of a new holy war.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

But I ramble. So does the movie, in an insidiously fascinating way.

May 30, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Whatever your persuasion, you'll walk out enriched.

Full Review… | May 23, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The movie covers an immense amount of shameful historical ground, but the soft-spoken Carroll's mission is less about winning an argument than prodding true believers

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Constantine's Sword

It's not much more than a talking head documentary or a really well researched History channel show. I don't mean that to come across as demeaning as it sounds, because this film is pretty informational, even if I think it's conclusions are a little extreme and inaccurate. What doesn't work for me is how procedural the film progresses. I wish we had spent more time with Carroll on his personal journey, but then I probably would have complained about there not being enough objective facts involved. I don't know what it is I didn't care for, but this didn't work for me all the way.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

Yet another brilliant documentary questioning religion and the political/military structure surrounding religion for the purposes of controlling larger populations when undergoing military and ruling objectives. The more people who educate themselves with information from books and films like "Constantine's Sword," the more that reason would begin seeping into our population.

Jeffrey Newman
Jeffrey Newman

An honest, balanced look at the Catholic church's less-than-awesome past. James Carroll confronts a lot of important issues, but doesn't preach about them - just asks you to think. Also, that evangelical pastor they interviewed totally had an affair with a gay prostitute after the movie was finished and that's pretty hilarious.

Kevin VanAntwerpen
Kevin VanAntwerpen

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