The Good Catholic (2017)



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Daniel (Zachary Spicer) is a young, idealistic priest who loves his work more than anything. While he struggles to find balance between the dueling philosophies of his mentors, Father Victor (Danny Glover), an old school, no nonsense traditionalist, and Father Ollie (John C. McGinley), a chain-smoking, carb-addicted Franciscan, Daniel's passion for his calling never waivers. And then he meets Jane. After a chance encounter during a late night confession, the complicated and mysterious Jane (Wrenn Schmidt), starts to open up Daniel's world to an entirely different set of possibilities. And problems. As new bonds form and old ones are tested, Daniel must decide what his true calling really is--and whether or not he has the courage to answer it.

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Critic Reviews for The Good Catholic

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

What's annoying in this otherwise well-meaning movie is how the barbs become a kind of armor against real feeling, and the bland direction offers nothing.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Mr. Spicer's earnest performance bolsters many of the weaker spots in Mr. Shoulberg's script.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a small film in every way, but I found it riveting.

Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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A man of the cloth facing a crisis of faith, particularly one provoked by an attractive woman, covers some well-trod dramatic territory and the director doesn't do much to update this borderline biblical scenario.

Feb 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The story is very plain and without any type of audiovisual discourse and feels more like a telefilm. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Thankfully there's a somewhat compelling story here for you.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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