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Calvary Reviews

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July 7, 2020
A philosophical and existential examination of one man pondering the nature of his faith. Unpretentious and precise, full of stunning images of the Irish coast, this is despondent and optimistic, hopeful and resigned, and most of all satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 25, 2020
In his second collaboration with John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson gives us the best performance in his entire career as he conveys the expressions of his character in front of a beach. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 27, 2020
While Calvary could be regarded as a comedy at times, the sense that time is running out - and that Father James will not be running away - keeps the tension levels rising unbearably high.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 8, 2020
It's Gleeson's understated performance as a man trying to follow Jesus' example while everyone around him says, "What's the point?" that elevates Calvary to the realm of the divine.
August 2, 2019
A film of such immense and quirky beauty that it is destined to be a cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 5, 2019
A sharply written, beautifully rendered film of faith of a truly introspective and spiritual kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 7, 2019
For the most part, John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson have succeeded in producing a profound film that looks at faith and its place in modern day society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2019
The setting and the plot form the basis of an exquisitely-written script that provides great fodder for the exceptional ensemble of characters; many of them bit parts, each of whom however gets their moment to shine.
November 21, 2018
It's not just its surprisingly seamless shifts from corrosive comedy to deathly drama, and back again. It's the sensitivity and insight with which it deals with the very serious questions its characters confront - and force the audience to face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2018
Calvary is an occasionally funny and frequently heartfelt film about faith and the conflicts it can cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 24, 2018
The movie is a tragedy with humor -- kind of like life. And, like life, it may be way-too-human for some audiences. I loved it. My companion did not.
December 31, 2017
It's Gleeson who gives the performance of a lifetime as the priest.
December 3, 2017
Calvary deeply probes questions of faith, transgression, and forgiveness, but it doesn't forget to accompany those with laugh lines that are as jolting as any shot of Irish whiskey.
October 19, 2017
... a methodical examination of 21st century spirituality and what it means to be evil or to forgive.
September 12, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2016
Calvary is both darkly comic and deeply sad. And it's well worth 10 of your dollars and 100 minutes of your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2016
McDonagh's writing talent is without question and the themes throughout are undeniably intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 26, 2016
The symbolism of Calvary is almost crushing at times. Nonetheless, its exploration of religious conviction is exceptionally mature and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2016
More traumatic than enjoyable, but there's great beauty in both its scenery and the way McDonagh and his cast cut through us with surgical precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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