Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    It's not often that a film changes history, but it's just possible that Irish writer-director John Deery's righteously energetic Conspiracy of Silence just might help alter the course of 21st century Catholicism.
  2. A challenging, thought-provoking debut that compassionately questions the relevance of celibacy in the Catholic Church.
  3. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Deery's modest drama is one big, obvious argument against the vow of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, but it has heart.
  4. The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.
  5. 50
    A film based on this information is potentially interesting, but Conspiracy of Silence, set in modern-day Ireland, is incoherent and often hard to follow.
  6. Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.
  7. 50
    Touches on issues raised in "Bad Education," but without Pedro Almodovar's flamboyant elegance.
  8. Feels like a personal vendetta.
  9. Want Jesuitical fineness of argument? Look elsewhere. This one merely answers the prayers of those looking for an argument.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Deery lays out a story devoid of subtlety, in which characters are too easily pigeonholed and issues exist only in absolutes.
  11. 40
    The limp thriller plot Deery constructs to frame his theological inquiries is both artificial and not very interesting, a lethal combination.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    Due to Conspiracy's TV-movie simplicity, it's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler.
  13. 30
    A well-intentioned but ultimately incompetent Irish dud.

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