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True Confessions Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
December 18, 2015
Des is another solitary soul, but perhaps he's the most subtle and accessible solitary De Niro has yet embodied -- a man whose isolation draws you closer instead of giving you the willies.

TV Guide
March 7, 2011
A fascinating film that exposes the dark underside of the Catholic Church and fixes it firmly in the seedy, corrupt world of film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 2, 2007
Acting compensates for disappointing ending
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
An atmospheric, always-intriguing mystery that works equally well as a perceptive character study. One of the very best films of the 1980s.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 18, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
True Confessions contains scenes that are just about as good as scenes can be. Then why does the movie leave us disoriented and disappointed, and why does the ending fail dismally?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Quite simply it's one of the most entertaining, most intelligent and most thoroughly satisfying commercial American films in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 30, 2002
Robert Duvall puts in a top-drawer performance in this crime drama mixing sleuthing and sacraments, crime and confession - one of the best films of 1981.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 7, 2011
Two exciting, dangerous actors have little to do: Duvall spends too much time pacing and waiting; De Niro's big scene has him hanging up his vestments.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Given the powerhouse topline casting combo and provocative theme, True Confessions has to be chalked up as something of a disappointment.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Numerous vital characters are dropped and the case-solving stripped of its complexity, with the resulting film over-linear and one-dimensional.
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