Doubt

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    An intellectually and emotionally exhausting and engrossing experience. It is drama of the highest caliber.
  2. 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.
  3. 100
    Streep and Hoffman are pitch-perfect, and Amy Adams is also superb as a young nun caught up in the conflict.
  4. 100
    Satisfies the heart and engages the mind.
  5. 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.
  6. 90
    Exhausting yet invigorating, it's a drama one witnesses more than just views.
  7. 88
    You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender. It'll pin you to your seat.
  8. While Streep has a tiny bit too much fun with some of her character's excesses, she's awfully good. So is Hoffman, who walks a fine line between obvious guilt and possible innocence.
  9. 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.
  10. 83
    Doubt is a complex, thematically loaded piece of work, and though it isn't enhanced on film, it deserves the wider exposure.
  11. Along with its disappointments and its narrowness of intellectual focus, Doubt offers up the crackling pleasures of performance and a narrative that snaps shut like a mousetrap. It's the movie equivalent of a rousing night at the theater.
  12. The film's added enigma makes the play's title even more appropriate, but it results in a more ambiguous and perhaps less satisfying dramatic experience.
  13. 83
    It's a splendid ensemble, equal in almost every way to the fine, probing script.
  14. Doubt leaves none in one respect: John Patrick Shanley was the right person to direct this fascinating screen version of his celebrated play.
  15. There seems to be something about the story itself that's better suited to the stage than the screen.
  16. 75
    A feast of great acting, although in the final analysis it's a filmed stage play rather than a brilliant movie.
  17. The truth is left for the audience to decide. And while the conclusion isn't necessarily clear, it is unsettling.
  18. 75
    Not exactly a tour de force, but the film succeeds on the wattage of its stars.
  19. Blessedly, the kernel of the writing remains undisturbed, and its arguments are still powerful.
  20. The film is nothing if not provocative.
  21. 70
    Just when you begin to think you know who the cat and mouse really are, in steps Viola Davis to steal not just her scene but the entire movie from Streep.
  22. 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.
  23. Directing the film of Doubt, Shanley is able to put an even finer point on his Tony-and Pulitzer-winning play about suspicion and guilt at a Bronx Catholic grade school in 1964.
  24. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    Cinematically, Doubt is something of a dud. But if it remains a play, it's an ingeniously structured one, with smart, thought-provoking words spoken by fabulous actors, and how often do most of us get to see one of those, whether in three dimensions or two?
  25. 63
    As a consideration of faith and propriety, the movie never managed to boil my blood or break my heart.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. GraziB
    Dec 12, 2008
    7
    Very good acting and tone.