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Father James is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter and to help members of his church with their various problems, he feels a foreboding sinister force closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Drama - This is a drama with darkly comedic moments aimed at older adults.
Fans of star Brendan Gleeson should be pleased as all other actors
are in support of him. Language and adult subject matter make the
film not for children, who would not be interested anyhow.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good Gleeson's performance is magnificent; sharp, compassionate, bemused, never not intellectually active. McDonagh's dialogue is similarly never not sharp, and only occasionally lost to an actor's Irish accent.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Calvary offers a fascinating look at contemporary attitudes toward the priesthood and Catholicism, as well as an impeccable lead performance by Brendan Gleeson and darkly sharp wit.
NY PostFull Review Excellent In the meantime the film becomes a rapt combination of external suspense and internal scrutiny — a kind of "High Noon" of the soul.
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