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In Theaters August 1 (9 days)
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
"An impressive morality play about an Irish Catholic priest forced to suffer for the sins of others."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Much of Calvary is sad, much of it shocking. But it's not really about religion or the church. It is a celebration of the human spirit, and will not be easily forgotten."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"After the near-brilliant buddy-cop black comedy shenanigans of The Guard, writer/director John Michael McDonagh dials everything up as he deploys darker humour and explores darker souls in the remarkable serio-comic Calvary."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Tonally, emotionally and spiritually complex, Calvary comes highly recommended."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"McDonagh, for all his agility as a writer, stumbles in fleshing out the story."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Calvary is a wonderfully uncomfortable film."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"It's an immensely moving film, and a brave one for the way it tackles spiritual issues without irony. Run, don't walk."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Plaiting strands of drama with gentle black humour, McDonagh has created a solid platform for the superlative Gleeson whose soulful, grounded presence is a compelling guide for a rich insight into the small coastal village inhabitants' sins and virtues"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"McDonagh has found a wonderfully satisfying balance between his skills as a writer of intimate, intelligent narratives, and the greater themes that confront the demons of his homeland."
‑ Simon Foster, FILMINK (Australia)
"Brendan Gleeson gives a performance of monumental soul in John Michael McDonagh's masterful follow-up to 'The Guard.'"
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"When it's over, you'll find a contemplative hush has descended on the audience: a cinema turned, briefly, into a church."
‑ Matt Glasby,
"Each [character] becomes a "suspect" for the murder that is yet to be committed, but caring "who's gonna do it" becomes trying as the performances vary wildly, from passable (Chris O'Dowd) to astonishingly bad (Isaach De Bankole)."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"Colourfully written and sometimes bizarre, I found Calvary to be fascinating and crafted with skill and a purposeful mind."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"Calvary will shake you up; it's as audacious as it is beautiful."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
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