Suspicions of child abuse fuel a traditionalist nun's (Meryl Streep) personal crusade against a popular priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who wants to reform her school's strict customs.
" A taut, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse drives the absorbing psychological thriller Doubt. "
" Cinematically, Doubt is something of a dud. But if it remains a play, it's an ingeniously structured one, with smart, thought-provoking words spoken by fabulous actors. "
" Doubt asks hard questions, and we dutifully squirm in reply. "
" 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. "
" Doubt offers up the crackling pleasures of performance and a narrative that snaps shut like a mousetrap. It's the movie equivalent of a rousing night at the theater. "
" Doubt works best when the performers are simply allowed to spar. "
" Doubt, which on the page burns with stark simplicity, has gotten a little cluttered in the translation. But if you want to see remarkable screen acting, ignore the howling wind and watch these faces. "
" Empathy is one of the dramatist's slyest weapons and Shanley uses it wisely. "
" For all its high-caliber performances, its cutting dissection of the roles of men and women within the Catholic hierarchy, and its timely resonance in the wake of the church's sexual abuse scandals, there's something pat and tidy about Doubt. "
" In the midst of a cast that should have wowed more, in the midst of a film that could have rattled more, Davis' sorrow upends all. "
" John Patrick Shanley's film of his every-award-under-God-winning play Doubt is a heavy slab of dramaturgy, dark-toned and somber, yet intense as hell. "
" Thanks to a nearly perfect cast, this provocative glimpse into the Catholic priest child-molestation scandal manages to be deeply disturbing on several levels. "
" The movie is a mystery tour of human motives, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of being sure. "
" While the Streep-Hoffman death match is the film's dramatic high point, its success lies in its defiant refusal to trot out even a slightly satisfying answer to the question: Did he or didn't he? "
" Worth seeing. "
" Doubt is a missed opportunity, all the way through to its final scene, which isn't nearly the statement it might have been. "
" Doubt still creaks a bit of the stage, displaying the kind of tidy narrative geometry that's easier to pull off in the acknowledged artifice of live theater than in the feigned intimacy of cinema. "
" It is one of those plays that I think should have stay on the stage. "
" John Patrick Shanley the writer should never again hire John Patrick Shanley the director. "
" 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. "
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