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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Feb 11, 2013
    80
    It may look like a documentary but Gibney's film is a horror film in every sense. Essential, uncomfortable viewing.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 16, 2012
    80
    There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 16, 2012
    80
    One of the most intriguing tangents in Mea Maxima Culpa involves the Rev. Gerald Fitzgerald, founder of the Servants of the Paraclete, a Catholic congregation established to help priests who were struggling with celibacy, alcoholism and other personal issues.