Critic Consensus: Doubt succeeds on the strength of its top-notch cast, who successfully guide the film through the occasional narrative lull.
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Critic Reviews for Doubt
Empathy is one of the dramatist's slyest weapons and Shanley uses it wisely.
John Patrick Shanley's Doubt left me less moved than querulously dissatisfied despite the impressive performances of Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis in all the key roles.
John Patrick Shanley the writer should never again hire John Patrick Shanley the director.
Thanks to a nearly perfect cast, this provocative glimpse into the Catholic priest child-molestation scandal manages to be deeply disturbing on several levels.
Doubt asks hard questions, and we dutifully squirm in reply.
Audience Reviews for Doubt
" I Have Doubts, Such Strong Doubts!" What a powerful ending, i loved the way it ended, i love that the Nun was questioning everything she believed in. Just fantastic! A fantastic cast, which then led to fantastic ending which deserved each of them a Golden Globe. Its a powerful movie about a catholic priest and a black boy that get a bit to 'close', throughout the movie you never hear the words 'Molestered' or 'pedeophile' but from the way the story is being told and from Meryl Streeps character your lead to believe that, that is whats going, however this may not be the case hence the title 'Doubt', you aren't given a proper answer to the accusations which in all honestly could be false. Throughout the movie your given clues which i guess your ment to pick up on and deduce and come to your own decision, a couple of clues your given is that the priest played by seymore-hoffman has long nails which is very much emphasized throughout the movie which could suggest that the priest is gay which of course in his job and at that era that would be unexceptable! The second clue is that when Streep is speaking to the young black boys mother she's saying that the boy gets beaten by his father for it, and would be beaten and picked on in school usually. It doesnt say specifics into what she is talking about but again you are left thinking that shes knows about the supposedly 'abuse'; this movie is fantastic and is written very well and is mesmerizing! I'll leave it to your own mind as to what you think! Enjoy! :)
Man, what a movie! It is the early 1960s, and Sister Aloysius is the classic stern disciplinarian type of nun. She starts waging a campaign against the progressive parish priest Father Flynn after she suspects he has done something illicit with a kid. Sister James is the naive and kind nun caught in the middle, and unsure of who to believe. Despite not much happening, and, due to being an adaptation of a play, the whole film takes place in and around a single location, this is one gripping, riveting, and powerful work. Written and directed by the author of the source material, Doubt is a thought-provoking and unnerving tale of uncertainty, and beliefs. The subject matter is controversial, but completely relevant and important. This is a film that needs to be seen, regardless of one's beliefs, because it is a challenging work that really forces the viewer to engage with the material. As a bonus, the cast, and their performances are absolutely brilliant. I really don't think I need to say much else about the acting. I mean, come on: Streep, Davis, Hoffman, and Adams all got Oscar nominations in a film that is essentially all dialogue. Because this film is is an adaptation of a play, it does have the feel of a play, and isn't too "cinematic", but there are some touches here and there. It all looks excellent though, thanks to the superb work of Roger Deakins. This film is challenging, and will divide audiences, but that's the whole point. The fact that this film is also entertaining as well as heavy is proof that it is worth seeing.
|Sister Aloysius Beauvier:||His resignation is his confession.|
|Sister Aloysius Beauvier:||What happened in the rectory?|
|Father Brendan Flynn:||Happened?|
|Sister Aloysius Beauvier:||Hmm.|
|Father Brendan Flynn:||Nothing happened, I had a talk with the boy.|
|Sister Aloysius Beauvier:||What about?|
|Father Brendan Flynn:||Private matter.|
|Sister Aloysius Beauvier:||He's twelve years old, what could be private?|
|Sister Aloysius Beauvier:||In ancient Sparta, important matters were decided by who shouted loudest. Fortunately, we are not in ancient Sparta.|
|Father Brendan Flynn:||Where's your compassion?|