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A young woman with no strong religious beliefs, Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette) begins having strange and violent experiences, showing signs of the wounds that Jesus received when crucified. When the Vatican gets word of Frankie's situation, a high-ranking cardinal (Jonathan Pryce) requests that the Rev. Andrew Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne) investigate her case. Soon Kiernan realizes that very sinister forces are at work, and tries to rescue Frankie from the entity that is plaguing her.

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Gabriel Byrne
Father Andrew Kiernan
Jonathan Pryce
Cardinal Daniel Houseman
Nia Long
Donna Chadway
Thomas Kopache
Father Durning
Rade Sherbedgia
Marion Petrocelli
Dick Latessa
Father Gianni Delmonico
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Jennifer Kelliho
Chris Boardman
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Elia Cmiral
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Billy Corgan
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Mike Garson
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Michael Heinkel
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Sinéad O'Connor
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  • May 23, 2013
    A provocative thriller, Stigmata is a powerful and well-crafted film that takes on deep issues. When a young woman in New York City begins to experience signs of Stigmata (the wounds of Christ), a Vatican investigator is send to look into the case; but the deeper he looks, the more troubling the case becomes. Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne lead the cast and give excellent performances. Additionally, the visual style is remarkably captivating and atmospheric. The score by Billy Corgan is also especially good, and enhances the dark and mystical tones of the material. Dealing with controversial spiritual and religious themes, Stigmata is a smart and thoughtful film that's intense and compelling.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2012
    Interesting concept for a horror film, Stigmata is quite underrated. Although definitely not perfect, the film manages to be good enough entertainment. The big problem with Stigmata is that it relies too much on its special effects to create its horror. Stigmata plays out like a special effects feast. I think it's a shame because the film had so much potential in being a strong horror film. This is a decent film at best with an interesting story; however director Rupert Wainwright is very strong on visuals and peppers the film with far too many effects. If the film would have used fewer effects, then maybe this would have been a much more memorable horror flick. Stigmata isn't a bad flick by any means, but there's definitely room for improvement. The high points of the film is it's a very atmospheric film, and if director Rupert Wainwright would have toned down the effects, and focused more on the dark, brooding atmosphere, then Stigmata would have been a much better film. I enjoyed the film, and I don't believe the film is as bad as what everyone has said it would be. This could have been a great film, and a hint of its brilliance is apparent, but is over done with too many effects. On the other hand, the plot is interesting and really original. If the special effects would have been toned down, and director Rupert Wainwright would have focused more on the tone and atmosphere of the film, I think Stigmata would have been a much better film. Overall this isn't a bad film, but it's not a good either. It's a decent popcorn horror flick from a director who clearly goes for visuals rather than substance.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2011
    A very good thriller with fast pacing and an interesting story.
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  • Aug 11, 2011
    Plot is confusing, acting is alright, but not really likable
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