John Michael McDonagh
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About the Movie
Brendan Gleeson delivers “a truly sensational performance” (Total Film) in this “wickedly funny black comedy” (Time Out) from acclaimed writer-director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard). When a good priest (Gleeson) is threatened by a mysterious member of his parish, he feels sinister forces closing in and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 157
- Fresh: 141
- Rotten: 16
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Calvary is bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure.
Fresh: The tension of Calvary is fitful at best, and much of the movie trips into silliness, but in Brendan Gleeson -- in his proud bearing and his lamenting gaze -- we see the plight of the lonely believer in a world beyond belief.
Fresh: Gleeson carries the film with wonderful, natural authority. He's a little better than the movie itself, which is glib to a fault.
Fresh: I imagine most people will watch the film and merely see the village as populated by vivid eccentrics. But a closer look at these odd, bitter, hostile characters will suggest something darker at work.
Best Film of the Year
Dark, witty and thought provoking. Brendan Gleeson deserves an Oscar.
NOT a “black comedy” or any other kind
On my iTunes, Apple TV screen, I read “Black Comedy.” I swear I did. The TIME OUT reviewer said that. It’s possible that in the warped, louche sensibility of the TIME OUT reviewer this film seemed that way, but for this simple west coast lad, it wasn’t a black comedy. Yes, a scene with a mincing hustler was amusing. Maybe that was what confused the TIME OUT reviewer. And maybe that was the only scene he saw. On Twitter for the balance of the film perhaps? Someone else called it dark and witty. Dark, yes. Witty, no. Brendan Gleeson worth it. Five stars for Gleeson.
Gleeson is indeed very good. Subject matter is powerful...but the movie is quite depressing. I certainly get the message but it is not thought provoking...it's just sad. Whoever said this was a “dark comedy” lives in a parallel universe...there is absolutely nothing funny in or about this entire film.
- Genre: Independent
- Released: 2014
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