Calvary (2014)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 1, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary tackles weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The tension of Calvary is fitful at best, and much of the movie trips into silliness, but in Brendan Gleeson -- in his proud bearing and his lamenting gaze -- we see the plight of the lonely believer in a world beyond belief.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh paints a rich portrait of the priestly life (and life in general) by concentrating on the details.

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J. Olson

More traumatic than enjoyable, but there's great beauty in both its scenery and the way McDonagh and his cast cut through us with surgical precision.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie's something of a mess.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy.

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Sean Burns
Movie Mezzanine

McDonagh's rotted-out take on the Stations of the Cross is a strange film, often hilarious yet always heavy and forlorn.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It serves as a marvelous showcase for Gleeson, a great old-lion actor who shows, in the film's many close-ups, a quiet, weary yet unbending faith, and a face on which emotion can play like a wave on the beach.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds.

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Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press

Gleeson is just magnificent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Although the very idea that a Catholic priest in Ireland would face such increasing rejection does not entirely convince me, this is a provocative and ironic… More
Mark Hobin
So how does a priest spend what might possibly be the very last week of his life? By keeping mum on the threat to his existence and sublimating himself in the… More
Mark Walker
The first collaboration between director John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson was 2011's hugely original and hilarious Irish film "The… More
Markus Robinson
The promise of a Brendan Gleeson performance was enough to get me into my seat, and like a really weird game of Catholic "Clue", the who-done-it… More
Julie B
Brendan Gleeson is heartbreaking in this. And now I'm depressed. Because he broke my heart.
danny d
an absolute masterpiece, and phenomenal follow up to the guard for mcdonagh and gleeson. despite the imminence of violence and the ever approaching storm its… More