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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is an extremely well constructed film, made with a balance that keeps its overflowing plot line in perfect control."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's nothing more than a kitsch take on the good and bad of the Catholic Church, but it has the chutzpah to pose as a work of art."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Implausible epic telling of Tom Tryon as courageous priest has great Moross score."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Risible script based on a doorstop novel by Henry Morton Robinson, but handled by Preminger with tremendous panache; worth seeing just for the incredible skill and flair with which he stages the action and moves the camera."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"With an hour cut out of it, this might have been a landmark picture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I lasted a little over halfway through before figuring that it wasn't going to get any better..."
‑ John A. Nesbit,
"he end is a great letdown from what Mr. Preminger might have accomplished with the 1950 novel of Henry Morton Robinson. There is no strong flow of spirit through it. Even the melodrama is perfunctory and weak."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Thematically, Preminger's drama about internal church politics is most intriguing; too bad that the lead, Tom Tryon, is miscast."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A compulsively watchable if distorted history lesson"
‑ , Film4
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