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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Fearless nonfiction filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer") details a history of horrific abuse by Catholic clergy in this tough-to-watch documentary. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Damning documentary pairs an individual sex-abuse case with analysis of institutional dysfunction at the Vatican. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The movie revisits the themes (and some of the same characters) of Amy Berg's chilling 2006 chronicle "Deliver Us from Evil." But it reaches further, expanding from one American diocese to Ireland, Italy, the Vatican and the career of the current pope. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Given the grievousness of their sins, one wonders why the church continues to shelter them. Might it not be more appropriate to excommunicate them, and refer them to the attention of the civil authorities? show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Some of the film's flourishes are ill-judged. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Alex Gibney's latest lacks a certain cinematic depth, but that doesn't take away from its admirable reporting. show more

  • 80
    Olly Richards Empire

    It may look like a documentary but Gibney's film is a horror film in every sense. Essential, uncomfortable viewing. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Mea Maxima Culpa only gets messier the more it tries to iris out to a larger indictment. The central tragedy ends up diluted to a fault. show more

  • 83
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Gibney's narrative drags to some extent when the focus widens to explore the Vatican's overall policy for covering up sex scandals, but he successfully demonstrates the systematic failure of a system designed work flawlessly on the basis of spirituality that never existed in the first place. show more

  • 83
    Jessica Kiang The Playlist

    By turns moving, absorbing and downright rage-inducing. show more

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