Keeping the Faith
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Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal dilemmas: Brian has taken a vow of celibacy, and Jacob is allowed to marry only within his faith. Award-winning director Milos Forman appears in the supporting cast, alongside Anne Bancroft, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach; the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A romantic triangle dating movie as confected, and nearly as wholesome, as a '50s Universal bedroom farce, but lacking the confidence and zest."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's as soft and squishy as anything by Nora Ephron or pre-caustic Woody Allen."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Classic romantic triangle for teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"So, a rabbi and a priest fall in love..."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"I sure wasn't expecting much."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"The ending gets a little too cute, and isn't true to Anna's independent nature. Oh well, to forgive is divine."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"Keeping the Faith refreshes the old-fashioned screwball comedy."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Norton quickly finds the right note of relaxed sweetness, gentle humor, and swooningly earnest romance."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A slight and uneven but very charming romantic comedy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Epic dramas can be two hours or more. For light comedy, brevity is better. What could have been a great comedy is just a good one."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"An astute directorial debut for actor Edward Norton."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An amusing distraction with clever writing and performances."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"Flawed but entertaining..."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"Well-meaning and decently put together, and it has occasional moments of charm...[but] more than a trifle stale."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The script administers a relentless string of laughs, most of them genuinely funny."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
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