Conspiracy of Silence
Conspiracy of Silence (2004)

U.K. filmmaker John Deery makes his writing and directing feature debut with the religious drama Conspiracy of Silence, dealing with the controversial topic of reforming the Catholic Church. At an Irish seminary school, student Daniel… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Certainly a debate over the church's tradition of an unmarried clergy ... could be a good and worthy one. But a quick, clumsy melodrama -- complete with awkward, pop-scored sex scenes -- isn't the best venue.

Christopher Null

Catholic nay-sayers will probably have a field day with the movie, but most would be better served by any one of the numerous documentaries that cover the same topic.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.

Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The kind of film that has its heart in the right place: exposing corruption. But it loses credibility by doing so in a melodramatic way.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

The need to portray the powers-that-be at all levels -- from the Vatican to the local parish -- in the worst possible light intrudes upon the movie, making it feel like a personal vendetta.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.

Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

[A] fervent yet scattershot film.

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Cynthia S.
Interesting insights into the cloistered life of priests. The movie examines the concept of celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church, showing the hypocritical,… More