Doubt Reviews

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August 26, 2009
Shanley's continuous straining for that Great Unknown is undercut by tidy characters and cinematic deficiencies
March 2, 2009
The cast['s]... collective efforts go a long way to mitigating Shanley's pedestrian grasp of film language.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
February 1, 2009
Doubt is a shaggy-god story. Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley from his successful Broadway play, it has all the grace of a high school debate.
January 21, 2009
More than any other movie I can think of in the past few years, 'Doubt' was conceived of, and produced, for the sole purpose of winning Oscars. That's why it exists, and no, that's not a compliment.
January 5, 2009
An uneven, unfulfilling film, that hosts two or three really good dramatic scenes.
January 1, 2009
A pretty well-written acting exercise that has the misfortune of, more often than not, looking as seasick as Battlefield Earth.
December 31, 2008
If Shanley is condemning any rush to judgment, why is the deck so solidly stacked, not just against Streep's shrew, but all the women? Not to mention dismissing priest pedophilia as a conspiracy theory by mean nuns, considering the alarming public record.
December 31, 2008
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.
December 30, 2008
This adaptation of the acclaimed, award-winning stage play doesn't quite live up to its expectations. With this material and this cast we expect bigger and better things. This drama is only, merely watchable.
December 30, 2008
Doubt, it appears, can be just as simplistic and dull in drama as dogma.
December 26, 2008
Despite Streep's histrionics, this transfer from stage drama to big screen lacks cinematic novelty. It always feels small when it should feel intimate.
December 25, 2008
A collection of acting styles from the broad to the contained and the exacting to the unrestrained create an unevenness of tone and interpretation.
December 24, 2008
John Patrick Shanley the writer should never again hire John Patrick Shanley the director.
December 23, 2008
The acting is out of the park but the script leaves you doubting how good it is.
December 19, 2008
Doubt is a missed opportunity, all the way through to its final scene, which isn't nearly the statement it might have been.
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