Conspiracy of Silence
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U.K. filmmaker John Deery makes his writing and directing feature debut with the religious drama Conspiracy of Silence, dealing with the controversial topic of reforming the Catholic Church. At an Irish seminary school, student Daniel McLaughlin (Jonathan Forbes) is caught in a compromising position with fellow male student Noel (Owen McDonnell). He is subsequently kicked out of school and considers marrying his ex-girlfriend Sinead (Catherine Walker). Meanwhile, reporter David Foley (Jason Barry) investigates the suicide of HIV-positive priest Father Sweeney (Patrick Casey). Foley learns that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

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"Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Certainly a debate over the church's tradition of an unmarried clergy ... could be a good and worthy one. But a quick, clumsy melodrama -- complete with awkward, pop-scored sex scenes -- isn't the best venue."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Catholic nay-sayers will probably have a field day with the movie, but most would be better served by any one of the numerous documentaries that cover the same topic."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Conspiracy of Silence is well-meaning but has has no faith in its audience."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The limp thriller plot Deery constructs to frame his theological inquiries is both artificial and not very interesting, a lethal combination."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The kind of film that has its heart in the right place: exposing corruption. But it loses credibility by doing so in a melodramatic way."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Though Conspiracy of Silence misses a chance at being a first-rate drama, it sheds much-needed light on an area that the mainstream press has mysteriously abandoned."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"For American audiences who have followed recent Church scandals, this less-than-penetrating exposť will be of mild interest."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"The need to portray the powers-that-be at all levels -- from the Vatican to the local parish -- in the worst possible light intrudes upon the movie, making it feel like a personal vendetta."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"[A] fervent yet scattershot film."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"An often-riveting film."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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