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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's rare that we have a screen character as well-rounded, as recognizably human or as brilliantly played as Sonny Dewey. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A good little movie dominated by a great central performance that's likely to endure. [30 Jan 1998, p.D2] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Duvall's screenplay does what great screenwriting is supposed to do, and surprises us with additional observations and revelations in every scene. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Avoiding the clichés and condescension that characterize many films on religious figures, the movie is at once a compelling drama and a thoughtful look at faith-related issues on personal, social, and cultural levels. show more

  • 88

    Duvall delivers a bravura, Oscar-quality performance....The Apostle is a profoundly humane movie that crackles with the joy and sorrow of an old blues record. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    In his long and distinguished career, only his Oscar-winning performance in 1983's “Tender Mercies” was this raw. Duvall becomes Sonny. The energy and passion of a preacher are all present. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A too-perfect mirror of its creator, The Apostle's greatest strength doubles as a singular weakness -- in the end, it feels like an immaculate forgery. show more

  • 25
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    One of the most self-in-dulgent, muddled, badly written, vague and pointless exercises in filmmaking I have ever had to sit through. show more

  • 80

    Nothing can make an agnostic squirm like full-on religion but by loading his central character with lay weaknesses as well as spiritual strengths, Duvall invests the near-documentary style film with an everyman appeal. show more

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