Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 21, 2012
    70
    Although Martin Sheen often goes full cherub in his depiction of the film's central Catholic priest, the pictue is also a frank assessment of a cleric's crisis of faith and the church's rather ruthless efforts to maintain medieval control in the face of modernization.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 19, 2012
    70
    Playing an emotionally burdened small-town Catholic priest in culturally isolated 1950s Ireland, Martin Sheen does his best work since "The West Wing" in Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Stella Days.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jun 19, 2012
    70
    Thanks to its understated elegance and surpassing central performance, this modest, too-eagerly schematic period drama is more engrossing than it has a right to be.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 20, 2012
    67
    Stella Days' strongest asset is Sheen.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    Relaxed performances and pillow-soft photography compensate somewhat for the story's narrow ambitions, but they're not enough to invigorate a movie that clearly would rather charm than challenge.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 22, 2012
    38
    Sheen's throwback portrayal is appealing enough, but flat characters, dull revelations and uninvolving complications make this deliberately small film feel nearly microscopic.

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