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Doubt Reviews

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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

Daily Record (UK)
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies
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?
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
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

The Sun (UK)
February 6, 2009
The story is slight and unsatisfactory. And the final line is cringeworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Time Out Sydney
February 5, 2009
Tense and teasingly ambiguous...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)
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
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 5, 2009
A mighty actor, a smart play, a clunky adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
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
Neil Smith
Total Film
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 5, 2009
It does not make the most of what ought to be rather frightening and ultimately moving material.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 5, 2009
Impressively directed drama with a gripping script and a pair of powerhouse performances from Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, though the ending may prove frustrating for some.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 5, 2009
It's more heavily staged than a fourth judge walk-out in the second week of a Simon Cowell talent show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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