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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: 153
  • Fresh: 137
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Calvary is bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Aug 1, 2014

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. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sep 22, 2014

Fresh: Gleeson carries the film with wonderful, natural authority. He's a little better than the movie itself, which is glib to a fault. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Aug 7, 2014

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. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 7, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Not a comedy - Moving Piece

Brendan Gleeson is amazing! He is one of my favorite actors. This is a thought provoking movie that will make one of two strong impressions on the viewer. Being a Christian this brings to the face the reality of how faith and the subject of God has become, at times, a violent battle between the believer and the non-believer. It is just refreshing to have a movie that shows the harsh reality of what a believer is confronted with at times from a hurt world that doesn’t understand why things happen and how can a person still believe in the existence of God with so much hurt in the world. I love that it shows that people who represent God are very much human that struggle and hurt and can make mistakes but still strive to be more than just human. This is not a faith based feel good movie but very real-life. I am glad I purchased it.

Best Film of the Year

Dark, witty and thought provoking. Brendan Gleeson deserves an Oscar.


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'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.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2014

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