Calvary (2014)

CALVARY's Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 1, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary tackles weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The tension of Calvary is fitful at best, and much of the movie trips into silliness, but in Brendan Gleeson -- in his proud bearing and his lamenting gaze -- we see the plight of the lonely believer in a world beyond belief.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh paints a rich portrait of the priestly life (and life in general) by concentrating on the details.

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Sarah Marrs

... a methodical examination of 21st century spirituality and what it means to be evil or to forgive.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie's something of a mess.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy.

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Lisa Jensen
Good Times Santa Cruz

The film transcends its action, branching out into a poignant, often scathing, and even occasionally blackly humorous meditation on the human condition-at its best and worst.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It serves as a marvelous showcase for Gleeson, a great old-lion actor who shows, in the film's many close-ups, a quiet, weary yet unbending faith, and a face on which emotion can play like a wave on the beach.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds.

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Siobhan Murphy
Metro (UK)

Calvary is infused with much the same wild-west-of-Ireland flavour, though this time the base note is a lament for a nation left rudderless having lost faith in economic prosperity and the Catholic church.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
For a Catholic priest in modern day small town Ireland life is no imagined bed of roses. The locals, some friendly and some not to the Church in general, are… More
Julie B
Brendan Gleeson is heartbreaking in this. And now I'm depressed. Because he broke my heart.
Carlos Magalhães
Although the very idea that a Catholic priest in Ireland would face such increasing rejection does not entirely convince me, this is a provocative and ironic… More
Mark Hobin
So how does a priest spend what might possibly be the very last week of his life? By keeping mum on the threat to his existence and sublimating himself in the… More
Mark Walker
The first collaboration between director John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson was 2011's hugely original and hilarious Irish film "The… More
Markus Robinson
The promise of a Brendan Gleeson performance was enough to get me into my seat, and like a really weird game of Catholic "Clue", the who-done-it… More