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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God Reviews

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Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
February 11, 2013
It may look like a documentary but Gibney's film is a horror film in every sense. Essential, uncomfortable viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 4, 2013
'Angry' doesn't even begin to cover how this film makes me feel. It probably won't cover you, either.
Kevin Harley
Total Film
February 4, 2013
Rigorously exposing systemic corruption and collusion, Gibney traces the problem to the top, detailing how the Vatican closed ranks to protect itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine
November 29, 2012
Even though Mea Maxima Culpa can be incredibly sad and frustrating, the film is able to go beyond the tragedy of these boys' lost childhoods, using that empathy to incite anger, impatience and action in its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
November 26, 2012
The past persists, and in Mea Maxima Culpa, it finds powerful expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 25, 2012
Deaf victims passionately sign about years of anguish and pleas [but film] rambles. . .around the world [and] confusingly tries to pierce hierarchy to what pope knew when.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Meredith Slifkin
Film Comment Magazine
November 16, 2012
Well done and compelling, and at its strongest when focusing on the bravery of these four deaf men who broke the silence.
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
November 16, 2012
This disturbing documentary takes a revealingly close look at rampant clerical pedophilia--but its sweeping overview of the Catholic Church's willful obliviousness is just as eye-opening.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 16, 2012
It feels a bit like a monster movie. It is, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 16, 2012
In the end, decades of such crimes going undetected and undeterred under the aegis of one employer - any employer - speaks for itself. And the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the men from St. John's speaks louder still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 15, 2012
Partly an inspiring saga of growing "deaf power" and human resilience, and partly a murky and fragmentary drama about an immense, closed-minded bureaucracy with paranoid and conspiratorial tendencies that finds itself unable to adjust to the modern world.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 15, 2012
There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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November 15, 2012
Gibney's most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 15, 2012
Fearless nonfiction filmmaker Alex Gibney details a history of horrific abuse by Catholic clergy in this tough-to-watch documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 15, 2012
A shocking and poignant documentary about the Catholic Church's cover-up of sexual abuse and the victims who heroically came forward to break their silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
November 15, 2012
Primed to deliver a heady dose of outrage via a broad overview of systemic cover-ups tracing to the Vatican, as well as a specific and heartbreaking case in Wisconsin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2012
To someone who was raised and educated in the Catholic school system, as I was, a film like this inspires shock and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
The film is one-sided, of course-church officials ignored interview requests, but their version has been around for a couple of millennia anyway.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 13, 2012
Mea Maxima Culpa only gets messier the more it tries to iris out to a larger indictment. The central tragedy ends up diluted to a fault.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
November 13, 2012
I don't speak Latin, but I'm pretty sure that "Mea Maxima Culpa" translates into, "Good grief, don't watch this movie without access to some Excedrin."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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