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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Feels like a personal vendetta. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A challenging, thought-provoking debut that compassionately questions the relevance of celibacy in the Catholic Church. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A film based on this information is potentially interesting, but Conspiracy of Silence, set in modern-day Ireland, is incoherent and often hard to follow. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Touches on issues raised in "Bad Education," but without Pedro Almodovar's flamboyant elegance. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    It's not often that a film changes history, but it's just possible that Irish writer-director John Deery's righteously energetic Conspiracy of Silence just might help alter the course of 21st century Catholicism. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The limp thriller plot Deery constructs to frame his theological inquiries is both artificial and not very interesting, a lethal combination. show more

  • 50
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Want Jesuitical fineness of argument? Look elsewhere. This one merely answers the prayers of those looking for an argument. show more

  • 60
    The New York Times

    Deery's modest drama is one big, obvious argument against the vow of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, but it has heart. show more

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