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Doubt succeeds on the strength of its top-notch cast, who successfully guide the film through the occasional narrative lull. Read critic reviews

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In 1964 the winds of change are sweeping through Sister Aloysius' (Meryl Streep) St. Nicholas school. Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic priest, is advocating reform of the school's strict customs, and the first black student has just been accepted. When a fellow nun (Amy Adams) tells Sister Aloysius that Father Flynn may be paying too much personal attention to the student, Sister Aloysius begins a personal crusade against the priest -- despite her lack of evidence.

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  • Don't miss it.

    September 12, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • The moral grey area of the title perhaps worked better in the stage play; exposed on screen it's not "doubt" being expressed, it's the sound of Streep's headmistressy voice demanding, "That Oscar - on my desk, NOW."

    February 10, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Doubt looks like some sort of upscale horror film, complete with crows and swirling leaves like The Omen. It's actually a terminally muddled piece of star-studded Oscar-bait.

    February 6, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There are times when Doubt feels like a sermon. Shanley highlights key themes as if the audience was a particularly dim-witted congregation. His direction, too, when it's not dolloping on the symbolism, can be stilted.

    February 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What possessed the once credible Meryl Streep to take on the caricatured role of crusading Sister Aloysius? And why is her performance so uniformly unconvincing?

    February 6, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • The drama is tense and claustrophobic, and the acting exceptional, although the hollow finale leaves you doubting it's about anything much at all.

    February 6, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 22, 2021
    Fantastic performances, thought-provoking moments, a totally unexpected turn of events, one of the best endings I've ever seen... This movie rocks!
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2014
    Doubt is a compelling masterpiece. Frightening, intense, and thoroughly absorbing. All four leading performances are incredible. Meryl Streep is amazingly intense as the stern principal who demands justice. Philip Seymour Hoffman is charismatic and great as the man accused of pedophilia. Amy Adams is as adorable as expected as the kind Sister trying to find the good in everyone. Viola Davis is an absolute knock-out with a thrillingly but subtly emotional performance as a conflicted mother. Her performance deserved the Academy Award. Doubt is truly remarkable and hugely entertaining; not to be missed. Rating: 96
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
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  • Aug 02, 2013
    Doubt is a fantastic piece of acting work by Streep and Hoffman...less so for Adams. It leaves you in doubt continually which is its strength. The interplay is incredible.
    John B Super Reviewer

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