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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Gleeson provides an emotional anchor with an understated portrayal that balances strength and vulnerability."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"...a rather one-note premise that's employed to often disastrously dull effect..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Calvary is not your father's Calvary."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie's something of a mess."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Once in a great while, a film leaves you dumbstruck. Which is wonderful, unless you happen to be a reviewer. You're kind of expected to come up with something to say."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"Brendan Gleeson is impossible not to like no matter what project. This one is a fascinating character study and a deep look at a complex man of the cloth."
‑ Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald
"The mood here is far more sombre, as Gleeson's thoroughly decent cleric reflects on sin and death, mercy and forgiveness... But there is humour, too, especially from the gallery of eccentrics and oddballs who inhabit this wind-whipped Sligo parish."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"To say Gleeson "stars" in Calvary seems inadequate. He dominates it ..."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"asks troubling questions about keeping the faith in a fallen world."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film ends with the faintest glimmer of hope, but even that hope comes wrapped in despair, suggesting that we're each all we have to rely on. Because the man upstairs isn't answering our calls."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"Calvary becomes a lurid Agatha Christie yarn with something important to say about the church and Ireland that McDonagh can't fully articulate. Pulp keeps getting in the way."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
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