Doubt

Doubt

Doubt

John Patrick Shanley directs his own script, based on his Pulitzer prize winning play about the rivalry between a nun and a priest at a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964.

Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) grows suspicious of Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) when he takes a special interest in the life of a young black student. He denies her charges of molestation. A young nun, Sister James (Amy Adams), finds herself torn between the two authority figures, unsure of who to trust.

Best Performance by a Lead Actress (Streep) - Screen Actors Guild 2009.
2008Rating: M114 minsUSA
Drama

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

Doubt is a film in which intellectual thought is prized over cinematic satisfaction. Its origin as a stage play is evident - few characters, limited locations, brevity and lots of talking. While this sort of translation can often make for involving drama, in this case the adaptation for the screen feels like something of a neutered theoretical exercise.

3.0

So much unspoken and left to the imagination

The assumed substance matter of this movie will have scared away many viewers. That is a shame because the movie gets its energy from what is not said or revealed. Hinted at. Guessed at. Speculated on barren poisoned minds. Gossiped about. But not "out there". "Doubt" is a gem.

4.0

Suzannah

Add a *spoiler alert* next time if you're going to give away any part of how a movie ends.

Dull

This is intriguing for the most part, but as a whole quite dull and left me wanting more.

2.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Doubt is only marginally, and tendentiously, about moral uncertainty--it's more about the sins of a nosy old biddy who pulls out all the stops when going through the official channels of a male-dominated Catholic Church would get her nowhere.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Doubt has exact and merciless writing, powerful performances and timeless relevance. It causes us to start thinking with the first shot, and we never stop. Think how rare that is in a film.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's a triumph of production design - you can practically smell the floor polish and the starch on the linen - and Boston in winter never looked so bleak and cheerless. But in the end this is a film for people who like plays - in particular if they pronounce "theatre" as three syllables.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Shanley seems to have lost a certain amount of faith in what he'd written. As a director he's ended up pushing the drama harder than he needs to. He hasn't done anything fatal, but he has tampered with and hampered it.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film is nothing if not provocative.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Exhausting yet invigorating, it's a drama one witnesses more than just views.

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

Doubt is a film in which intellectual thought is prized over cinematic satisfaction. Its origin as a stage play is evident - few characters, limited locations, brevity and lots of talking. While this sort of translation can often make for involving drama, in this case the adaptation for the screen feels like something of a neutered theoretical exercise.

3.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Doubt is only marginally, and tendentiously, about moral uncertainty--it's more about the sins of a nosy old biddy who pulls out all the stops when going through the official channels of a male-dominated Catholic Church would get her nowhere.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Doubt has exact and merciless writing, powerful performances and timeless relevance. It causes us to start thinking with the first shot, and we never stop. Think how rare that is in a film.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's a triumph of production design - you can practically smell the floor polish and the starch on the linen - and Boston in winter never looked so bleak and cheerless. But in the end this is a film for people who like plays - in particular if they pronounce "theatre" as three syllables.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Shanley seems to have lost a certain amount of faith in what he'd written. As a director he's ended up pushing the drama harder than he needs to. He hasn't done anything fatal, but he has tampered with and hampered it.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film is nothing if not provocative.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Exhausting yet invigorating, it's a drama one witnesses more than just views.

So much unspoken and left to the imagination

The assumed substance matter of this movie will have scared away many viewers. That is a shame because the movie gets its energy from what is not said or revealed. Hinted at. Guessed at. Speculated on barren poisoned minds. Gossiped about. But not "out there". "Doubt" is a gem.

4.0

Suzannah

Add a *spoiler alert* next time if you're going to give away any part of how a movie ends.

Dull

This is intriguing for the most part, but as a whole quite dull and left me wanting more.

2.0