Constantine's Sword
Constantine's Sword (2007)

Academy Award-nominated director Oren Jacoby helmed this documentary adaptation of former Catholic priest James Carroll's nonfiction book of the same name. An anti-war activist, Carroll delves into Christianity's history to learn… More

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Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Exceptional research elevates Constantine's Sword from a talking heads documentary to a resonant and thought-provoking expose of the church's dark history.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Jacoby and Carroll make their case skillfully, carefully excerpting key scenes from Lenny (with Dustin Hoffman doing a Lenny Bruce monologue on anti-Jewish prejudice) and The Robe.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

But I ramble. So does the movie, in an insidiously fascinating way.

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

It's a film at once depressing and exhilarating.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Constantine's Sword speaks provocatively to history and our moment.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Whatever your persuasion, you'll walk out enriched.

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Absolutely stunning mixture of the personal story of a disillusioned Catholic priest and the sordid Christian history that drove him to cut his ties--all the while remaining deeply committed to the ethical vision of Jesus.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The breadth of Carroll's scholarship and the depth of his religious understanding strengthen his assertion that our misadventure in Iraq is the beginning of a new holy war.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

The movie covers an immense amount of shameful historical ground, but the soft-spoken Carroll's mission is less about winning an argument than prodding true believers

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Less a history lesson than Carroll's personal odyssey through the opposing powers of church and state.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Alec Barniskis
James Carrol's theory that the Cross is a violent rather than peaceful symbol is intriguing, as is the connections he makes between the Antisemitism from… More