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When the principal (Meryl Streep) of a Bronx Catholic High School accuses a popular priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of pedophilia, a young nun caught in between the feuding pair becomes hopelessly swept up in the ensuing controversy. 1964, St. Nicholas, the Bronx: The winds of change are sweeping through this tight-knit religious community, and charismatic priest Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is doing his best to adapt by revisiting the school's notoriously strict disciplinary practices. Unfortunately Father Flynn's progressive ideas stand in stark contrast to the longstanding… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Doubt works best when the performers are simply allowed to spar."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"John Patrick Shanley the writer should never again hire John Patrick Shanley the director."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"I'm pretty happy with the conclusion that I've put together in my head. But, as with any certainty, I've got my doubts."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"You don't mess with two Capital-A actors when they decide to play the game of Who Can Yell The Loudest."
‑ Dave White,
"Shanley's continuous straining for that Great Unknown is undercut by tidy characters and cinematic deficiencies"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Empathy is one of the dramatist's slyest weapons and Shanley uses it wisely."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Thanks to a nearly perfect cast, this provocative glimpse into the Catholic priest child-molestation scandal manages to be deeply disturbing on several levels."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"In a brisk 104 minutes, we meet four compelling people, establish a living breathing school environment, tackle legitimate moral dilemmas and wrestle with topics we'll spend longer than 104 minutes discussing."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"As a movie, very little actually happens. It's a lot of discussion about what might have happened or may occur in future, and then the emotional change that signals the curtain to drop and for the class to put down their pencils. The performances are st"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"It might be a bit of a slow starter, and it definitely takes its time allowing the story to unravel slowly. However, it's definitely worth a look, and a bit of discussion."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"John Patrick Shanley's Doubt left me less moved than querulously dissatisfied despite the impressive performances of Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis in all the key roles."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Doubt asks hard questions, and we dutifully squirm in reply."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Streep bursts onto the scene in a shower of meteors and takes control of director John Patrick Shanley's scenario."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"An attention-getting bit of drama built on remarkable performances."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Not a cinematic powerhouse, but a good conversation starter"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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