The Apostle
The Apostle (1998)

Robert Duvall gives a tour de force performance as a zealous Pentecostal preacher hiding from his past while resurrecting the spirit of his adopted Louisiana bayou town. It's an all-Duvall show; he wrote it, directed it, produced it and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 18, 1998
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91%
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
Variety

A labor of love coming to fruition after 13 years, this is Robert Duvall's third and best directorial effort, a sharply observed exploration of a preacher who embarks on a redemption odyssey after committing a crime.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Some kind of acting miracle ... One doesn't have to be a churchgoer, or even a Christian, to be moved by the power of Duvall's great performance.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

There are scattered inspired moments throughout this two-and-a-half hour epic but, like many actor-directors, Duvall is so in love with his material -- and his star -- that he just can't say 'cut.'

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Shocking in its unbridled, electrifying energy and raw emotion.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... may be the most unapologetic, intimate portrayal of a religious man in the history of American cinema.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Disturbing but thought-provoking depiction of genuine faith coexisting with sin and carnality… like the troubling fiction of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Flannery O'Connor, a vindication of belief without being a vindication of every believer.

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Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

I cannot recall a movie so dominated by the performance of one actor (Robert Duvall) as this one.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

As the charismatic Sonny, Duvall brilliantly shouts the praises of Jesus.

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Robert Duvall, writer, director, producer, and star of The Apostle, absolutely seethes with the character of Sonny Dewey (alias Apostle E.F.) in this, perhaps the best performance of his career.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
an interesting study on the nature of spiritual authority and moral bankruptcy. duval is amazing, and the film covers its subject matter very well. as a… More
Derek Daniels
Financed, produced, directed and starring Oscar-winner Robert Duvall, this film is a down-home yet very grittty at times story of a disgraced preacher on the… More
Chris Weber
This film was very much a personal project and great labor of love for it's writer, director, executive producer, and star Robert Duvall. Not onlt that,… More
Bruce Bruce
You can't give this movie any less then 5 Stars, Robert Duvall plays the part of a old time southern preacher and he hits the mark 100 percent. This type… More
Alice Shen
What a beginning, and what an end! Robert Duvall doesn't hold back as the evangelical preacher. It seems like caricature at first, but he sustains the… More
Jason Owens
I'm not a Christian yet and I don't watch that many religious-type movies, but I have to admit I was real impressed with "The Apostle."… More