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  • Summary: It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds ofIt's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the country, and, indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius is galvanized to begin a crusade to both unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shred of proof or evidence except her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn, a battle that threatens to tear apart the Church and school with devastating consequences. (Miramax) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    90
    Exhausting yet invigorating, it's a drama one witnesses more than just views.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    By eloquently probing the state of uncertainty and its accompanying discomfort and confusion, Doubt compels viewers to examine their own assumptions as they become caught up in this fascinating tale.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    60
    Doubt cast a long moral shadow on Broadway but seems blunter on screen, largely because Shanley's fussy directorial notions ... are less nuanced than the religious and moral arguments he's given his principal characters.
  6. 30
    Streep can do anything. She is, of course, wasted on this elephantine fable; if only Doubt had been made in 1964, shot by Roger Corman over a long weekend, and retitled "Spawn of the Devil Witch" or "Blood Wimple," all would have been forgiven

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. DanS.
    Jan 10, 2009
    10
    Amazing movie. Enough said. Wait not enough said actually, one of the most thought provoking movies of all time. This is a movie classic that Amazing movie. Enough said. Wait not enough said actually, one of the most thought provoking movies of all time. This is a movie classic that it is a mystery, drama and suspense rolled into one amazing movie. Expand
  2. IanG.
    Dec 30, 2008
    10
    It's sad that I've simply become so jaded that I assume who don't delve as obsessively into film as I do can't enjoy a It's sad that I've simply become so jaded that I assume who don't delve as obsessively into film as I do can't enjoy a movie like this; fortunately, I was proved wrong. Both of my fellow theater patrons enjoyed 'Doubt' immensely. This is an intense, extremely well-acted and directed drama. It takes serious talent to pack such visceral emotion into a single scene without emotionally wringing-out the audience. This is one not to be missed. Expand
  3. JayH
    Apr 2, 2009
    9
    Brilliant period detail and feel for the Catholic school experience of the time. The cast is incredible, they are all superb. Well written Brilliant period detail and feel for the Catholic school experience of the time. The cast is incredible, they are all superb. Well written and directed. Excellent art direction and cinematography. Magnificent character development. Expand
  4. HyperS
    Feb 13, 2009
    8
    Not a simple black or white film by any stretch of the imagination. It is unique in its topic -- a topic which certainly needs covering -- Not a simple black or white film by any stretch of the imagination. It is unique in its topic -- a topic which certainly needs covering -- but I suppose just as easily as one person finds it a very effective movie another viewer could be bored with its pace and methods. Strange in that just as the movie started becoming interesting instead of delving into the deep end it instead chose for an abrupt end. I guess without such an ending the movie couldn't be called "Doubt", but considering I had committed to the story I left the movie feeling incomplete and desired for a deeper inspection of the process and relationship(s) involved in the tricky topic that is this movie. Expand
  5. GraziB
    Dec 12, 2008
    7
    Very good acting and tone.
  6. GeorgeM.
    Dec 17, 2008
    7
    Streep, Hoffman, and Viola Davis turn in terrific performances. (Davis goes head to head with Streep at a critical part that will be career Streep, Hoffman, and Viola Davis turn in terrific performances. (Davis goes head to head with Streep at a critical part that will be career making.) Amy Adams, not so much. Part of it is the role, most of it is she really doesn't understand why a woman would want to join a religious order and it shows. All the elements are there to portray a gripping story but you get the sense that it is an acting study rather than a movie. Still worth your $10. Expand
  7. CathyC.
    Feb 1, 2009
    1
    Only comes in at a one as I happen to like Streep, so giving it a 0 would'nt be kind! Thank god, the theatre had comfortable seats Only comes in at a one as I happen to like Streep, so giving it a 0 would'nt be kind! Thank god, the theatre had comfortable seats otherwise I would have likened this to Penance after confession in the good old days of Catholic education. Expand

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