Doubt (2008)

When the principal (Meryl Streep) of a Bronx Catholic High School accuses a popular priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of pedophilia, a young nun caught in between the feuding pair becomes hopelessly swept up in the ensuing controversy. 1964,… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Doubt succeeds on the strength of its top-notch cast, who successfully guide the film through the occasional narrative lull.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Empathy is one of the dramatist's slyest weapons and Shanley uses it wisely.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Thanks to a nearly perfect cast, this provocative glimpse into the Catholic priest child-molestation scandal manages to be deeply disturbing on several levels.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Don't miss it.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

John Patrick Shanley's Doubt left me less moved than querulously dissatisfied despite the impressive performances of Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis in all the key roles.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Doubt asks hard questions, and we dutifully squirm in reply.

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Lucero Solórzano

A film with a vibrant and current argument. [Full review in Spanish]

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Tom Long
Detroit News

John Patrick Shanley the writer should never again hire John Patrick Shanley the director.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Doubt is not exactly a tour de force, but the film succeeds on the wattage of its stars, Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, as a nun and priest at odds over an unspeakable suspicion.

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Simon Miraudo

I'm pretty happy with the conclusion that I've put together in my head. But, as with any certainty, I've got my doubts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
" I Have Doubts, Such Strong Doubts!" What a powerful ending, i loved the way it ended, i love that the Nun was questioning everything she believed… More
Louis Rogers
As much as I like the actors in this, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis are basically the only believable and engaging parts of this. Although occasionally… More
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Kevin M. Williams
A different kind of New York tale, set in the early 60's at a little Irish/Italian neighborhood Catholic school where the first Negro has been admitted.… More
Chris Weber
Man, what a movie! It is the early 1960s, and Sister Aloysius is the classic stern disciplinarian type of nun. She starts waging a campaign against the… More
Eric Shankle
The acting is great but the story is slow and doesn't seem to go anywhere. It's a difficult film to get into, and while some scenes are interesting,… More