Constantine's Sword
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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 how a faith founded on peace could come to be used as a tool for war-mongers. Jacoby follows Carroll as he explores the phenomenon from its origins in ancient times up through the modern-day U.S. military. Constantine's Sword screened at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"But I ramble. So does the movie, in an insidiously fascinating way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a film at once depressing and exhilarating."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"Not precisely journalistic, as a personal chronicle writ large it is a stirring, richly intellectual work."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Though Carroll's presentation is unquestionably oversimplified...his points are well-taken and worthy of serious regard."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Constantine's Sword speaks provocatively to history and our moment."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Whatever your persuasion, you'll walk out enriched."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"This exceedingly contemplative work is both topically important -- warning of what happens when military might and religious fervor are mixed -- and intellectually stimulating as all get out."
‑ Brent Simon, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Former priest and author James Carroll is simply pointing out that the use of cover up and propaganda -- whether it's aimed at another religion or another country -- is still represented at the point of a sword. That sword is shaped like a cross."
‑ Adam Fendelman,
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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"
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Less a history lesson than Carroll's personal odyssey through the opposing powers of church and state."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"With so much ground to cover, Carroll's own story must hold everything together. And it just about does, because it's inherently fascinating."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"James Carroll goes on a crusade of his own, exposing the hypocrisy of politically motivated religion and the violence of the evangelical Jihad in our own Colorado Springs."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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