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In Theaters August 1
CALVARY's Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. (c) Fox Searchlight
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part Father Ted, part Tarantino, this is a wickedly funny black comedy, all fatalism and gallows humour, with a beating heart."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"After the 2011 black comedy The Guard, Brendan Gleeson reteams with writer-director John Michael McDonagh for a darker comical drama grappling with issues of faith and forgiveness."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Its questions stay with you long after the end credits have left you to your troubled thoughts."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Gleeson's magnificent intensity and the palpable wit and intelligence of the film's conception make Calvary an audacious advance on The Guard."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound
"A soulful, thought-provoking and warmly human fable."
‑ Lucy Barrick, Radio Times
"McDonagh, for all his agility as a writer, stumbles in fleshing out the story."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"This is an honourable attempt to pull together a meditation on Ireland and its religious disillusion, and part of a planned trilogy for Gleeson and McDonagh."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"McDonagh's script is a fabulous bit of writing with the tidy structure and mythical resonance of a passion play, but idiosyncratic and funny in all of its detail."
‑ Laurence Phelan, Independent
"Certainly worth seeing ..."
‑ David Sexton, This is London
"There is certainly a fine film about an unusual, decent priest fighting to get out of this somewhat unwieldy construction."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Brendan Gleeson gives a performance of monumental soul in John Michael McDonagh's masterful follow-up to 'The Guard.'"
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Your best advice is to sit back, hang on to your rosary beads and enjoy the ride while it lasts."
‑ Xan Brooks, Observer [UK]
"There is a strong whiff of Beckett-like absurdism and bleak humour in the film, which benefits from a performance of wonderfully droll dignity and bemusement from Brendan Gleeson as a priest confronting his mortality."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Director John Michael McDonagh's extraordinary film presents deep existential torment under the guise of a parochial murder mystery."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"It is witty and wistful, tender and troubling, poetic and poignant. A rich and rare treat for grown-up cinemagoers."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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