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Doubt Reviews

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February 10, 2009
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 10, 2009
A clutch of fine performances helps to silence any reservations you might have about the screen version of Doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2009
Contando com diálogos cortantes e concebidos (e ditos) com elegância, Dúvida mantém a força de seu título até os segundos finais.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 6, 2009
It's a splendid piece of work which, without a doubt, is hugely entertaining - and thankfully short, running at just over an hour and a half. Benjamin Button take note.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 6, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2009
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?
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 6, 2009
Doubt is an old-fashioned talkfest which often betrays its origins as a play. It relies for its power on a series of stagey arguments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 6, 2009
The story is slight and unsatisfactory. And the final line is cringeworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2009
The drama is tense and claustrophobic, and the acting exceptional, although the hollow finale leaves you doubting it's about anything much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2009
Tense and teasingly ambiguous...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
February 5, 2009
The film fails to convince dramatically, not because of the performances -- the cast are all excellent -- but because the air has been sucked out of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
February 5, 2009
A mighty actor, a smart play, a clunky adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2009
Empathy is one of the dramatist's slyest weapons and Shanley uses it wisely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2009
Intelligent and incisive, Doubt is a credible attempt by Shanley and his cast to adapt his play for the screen. Powered by finely tuned dialogue and performances, the result, while never explosive, is a gripping and engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2009
There is just one key element that grates, and that is Meryl Streep's monstrously over-the-top central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2009
Immensely powerful drama, beautifully played and delivering an emotional punch that offers a small glimmer of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2009
Though Shanley's first film as director since 1990 flop Joe Versus The Volcano never strays far from its theatrical origins, his unfussy direction and compelling script provide a perfect platform for his talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2009
The dialogue is vitamin-rich. "Where's your compassion, Sister?" appeals Hoffman. "Nowhere you can reach it," ripostes Streep. The actress shows so much culinary art in her line-readings that an Oscar nomination seems less appropriate than a Michelin star
February 5, 2009
It does not make the most of what ought to be rather frightening and ultimately moving material.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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