Doubt

Doubt

Doubt

John Patrick Shanley directs his own script, based on his Pulitzer prize winning play about the rivalry between a nun and a priest at a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964.

Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) grows suspicious of Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) when he takes a special interest in the life of a young black student. He denies her charges of molestation. A young nun, Sister James (Amy Adams), finds herself torn between the two authority figures, unsure of who to trust.

Best Performance by a Lead Actress (Streep) - Screen Actors Guild 2009.
2008114 minsUSA
Drama

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Doubt / Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Doubt is a film in which intellectual thought is prized over cinematic satisfaction. Its origin as a stage play is evident - few characters, limited locations, brevity and lots of talking. While this sort of translation can often make for involving drama, in this case the adaptation for the screen feels like something of a neutered theoretical exercise.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Doubt, which on the page burns with stark simplicity, has gotten a little cluttered in the translation. But if you want to see remarkable screen acting, ignore the howling wind and watch these faces.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Doubt doesn't work fully on screen as it did on stage, but it's worth seeing for Streep's grace notes.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

Doubt is only marginally, and tendentiously, about moral uncertainty--it's more about the sins of a nosy old biddy who pulls out all the stops when going through the official channels of a male-dominated Catholic Church would get her nowhere.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Doubt has exact and merciless writing, powerful performances and timeless relevance. It causes us to start thinking with the first shot, and we never stop. Think how rare that is in a film.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

It's a triumph of production design - you can practically smell the floor polish and the starch on the linen - and Boston in winter never looked so bleak and cheerless. But in the end this is a film for people who like plays - in particular if they pronounce "theatre" as three syllables.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Shanley seems to have lost a certain amount of faith in what he'd written. As a director he's ended up pushing the drama harder than he needs to. He hasn't done anything fatal, but he has tampered with and hampered it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film is nothing if not provocative.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Exhausting yet invigorating, it's a drama one witnesses more than just views.

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