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  • Summary: He was touched by the power and filled with the spirit. A man of faith. A man of the flesh. A man plagued by the darker side of human desire, and rage. Robert Duvall is Sonny, a gifted Southern preacher loved by his community. When Sonny loses control and commits a crime of passion, he isHe was touched by the power and filled with the spirit. A man of faith. A man of the flesh. A man plagued by the darker side of human desire, and rage. Robert Duvall is Sonny, a gifted Southern preacher loved by his community. When Sonny loses control and commits a crime of passion, he is forced to run from the law. Hiding out in the small town of Bayou Boutte, Sonny adopts a new identity and sets out on a new mission ' to find the road to redemption. (Universal) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    100
    The fact that Duvall gives such a glorious performance in The Apostle is likely to distract people from the fact that he has also written and directed a glorious movie--the most vivid and radiantly made of 1997.
  2. Unusual, unhurried tour de force--a seamless match of strong artistic vision and physical performance. [19 Dec 1997, p. 52]
  3. Duvall’s direction of a mix of professional and nonprofessional actors, especially in the extended church sessions, is never less than masterful.
  4. Reviewed by: B.J. Sigesmund
    80
    The masterful Duvall skillfully illuminates the paradoxes of a very complex man; he also elicits honest performances from his cast. The zealous churchgoers seem more like real people than actors.
  5. It's rare that we have a screen character as well-rounded, as recognizably human or as brilliantly played as Sonny Dewey.
  6. Robert Duvall's performance as a Holy Roller who shakes off his secular life to become a man simply known as “the Apostle” is a masterpiece of emotion.
  7. One of the most self-in-dulgent, muddled, badly written, vague and pointless exercises in filmmaking I have ever had to sit through.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. OliverC.
    Mar 11, 2006
    10
    One of Duvall's best roles. He made this movie fascinating.
  2. DaveT.
    Feb 19, 2006
    2
    I rented this movie based on the high metacritic score. What a mistake. Robert Duvall should stick to acting, the 2 points is for his I rented this movie based on the high metacritic score. What a mistake. Robert Duvall should stick to acting, the 2 points is for his convincing acting performance. the flaws in this movie are too numerous to get into. Firstly, the movie just drags on and on, it felt like a 3 hour movie of just rambling preacher speak. many parts of this movie should have been left on the cutting room floor. The billy bob character is just pointless. he apears in the last half hour of the movie with a grudge. no point to have him at all. the last of many many sermons i was just fast forwarding the dvd [***SPOILER***] until the cops took sonny away. I think critics like the robert duvall performance (which was good) and just gave the movie a pass, ignoring the ultra slow pace of the movie as well as the baffling and useless billy bob character. Expand

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