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.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Don't miss it.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

There are times when Doubt feels like a sermon. Shanley highlights key themes as if the audience was a particularly dim-witted congregation. His direction, too, when it's not dolloping on the symbolism, can be stilted.

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David Walsh
World Socialist Web Site

Shanley apparently accepts everything about the world. How can an artist accomplish anything on such a basis?

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

The moral grey area of the title perhaps worked better in the stage play; exposed on screen it's not "doubt" being expressed, it's the sound of Streep's headmistressy voice demanding, "That Oscar - on my desk, NOW."

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Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies

What possessed the once credible Meryl Streep to take on the caricatured role of crusading Sister Aloysius? And why is her performance so uniformly unconvincing?

Jonah Koslofsky
The Spool

[W]hen every character besides Flynn lacks complexity, it's difficult for the priest to exist in a grey area.

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Peter Bradshaw

Doubt looks like some sort of upscale horror film, complete with crows and swirling leaves like The Omen. It's actually a terminally muddled piece of star-studded Oscar-bait.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro Newspaper (UK)

The drama is tense and claustrophobic, and the acting exceptional, although the hollow finale leaves you doubting it's about anything much at all.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

Streep's fussy, finicky performance, with all its insufferably mannered physical and vocal tics, is sheer camp... unlike Streep, [Davis] gets right inside her character and conveys an entire life history of struggle and resilience.

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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