Acts of Worship

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    80
    Some of the acting may not be the best and many of the points aren't made with a soft touch, but damn, I can't think of another film about addiction with a more accurate view from the inside.
  2. It's about individuals, not about sensations. If the characters' backgrounds are not examined in detail, the movie still conveys an intimate sense of who they are and their emotional connections.
  3. Rodriguez makes a promising debut with this unsentimental drama. If she keeps working on her screenwriting skills, she could become a filmmaker to reckon with.
  4. Reeder makes a compelling lost soul, so that even the most soddenly moralistic moments are worth watching.
  5. 63
    Occasionally becomes melodramatic.
  6. The story is predictable, but Reeder's performance is painfully convincing and the East Village locations so uniformly grimy that they all but weep despair.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    An earnest drama that's never quite as raw or moving as it means to be.
  8. 50
    The opposition of Christian spirituality and the bad religion of drugs is enough to send you down to the feel-good bodega just on principle.
  9. 40
    Though it isn't explained until the closing minutes, the title Acts Of Worship says a lot about Rodriguez's terminal weakness for the overwrought and faux-poetic.

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