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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    An intellectually and emotionally exhausting and engrossing experience. It is drama of the highest caliber.
  2. Doubt is still overpowering; it took me a while when it was over to stop shaking. It's the dramatist’s business to sow doubt, to set down points of view that can't be reconciled, and Shanley makes visceral the notion that one can be right but never absolutely right, that doubt might be our last, best hope.
  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. 75
    Not exactly a tour de force, but the film succeeds on the wattage of its stars.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 50
  2. Negative: 3 out of 50
  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. JonB.
    Jan 16, 2009
    8
    The nun (Streep) is a strict, cruel, no non-sense conservative heavy. The priest (Hoffan) is a likable liberal lead. What I like is in the The nun (Streep) is a strict, cruel, no non-sense conservative heavy. The priest (Hoffan) is a likable liberal lead. What I like is in the end the nun might be the hero and the priest downright evil. Expand
  5. TonyB.
    Jun 1, 2009
    7
    An extremely well-acted film for audiences who are up to the challenge, "Doubt" lacks the power it had on the stage, but is nevertheless An extremely well-acted film for audiences who are up to the challenge, "Doubt" lacks the power it had on the stage, but is nevertheless quite effective. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2013
    6
    The film had good performances by everyone and the style of directing was interesting. The director made it fell like we were alwaysThe film had good performances by everyone and the style of directing was interesting. The director made it fell like we were always eavesdropping and not suppose to hear what was taking place. But even with all the good performances it emerged as a strangely unsatisfying film which asked more questions than it answered. 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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