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Constantine's Sword

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Oren Jacoby

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About the Movie

"Constantine's Sword," the latest film by Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby, is an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning. Carroll, a National Book Award winner and columnist for the Boston Globe, is a practicing Catholic whose search for the truth leads him to confront persecution and violence in the name of God - today and in the Church's past. He discovers a terrible legacy that reverberates across the centuries; from the Emperor Constantine's vision of the cross as a sword and symbol of power, to the rise of genocidal anti-Semitism, to modern-day wars and conflicts sparked by religious extremism. At its heart, "Constantine's Sword" is a detective story, as Carroll journeys both into his own past - where he comes to terms with his father's role as a three-star General in the U.S. Air Force preparing for nuclear war - and into the wider world, where he uncovers evidence of church-sanctioned violence against Jews, Muslims, and others. Visiting the U.S. Air Force Academy, he and Jacoby expose how some evangelical Christians are proselytizing inside our country's armed forces and reveal the dangerous consequences of religious influence on American foreign policy. Warning of what happens when military power and religious fervor are joined, "Constantine's Sword" asks the timely question: Is the fanaticism that threatens the world today fueled by our own deeply held beliefs?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: At once enthralling and troubling...does about as good a job as you could hope of distilling a 750-page historical examination of religious zealotry and power into 95 swift minutes. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Whatever your persuasion, you'll walk out enriched. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Oren Jacoby's magnificent, thought-provoking essay film Constantine's Sword examines the unholy alliance between organized religion and military power. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The movie covers an immense amount of shameful historical ground, but the soft-spoken Carroll's mission is less about winning an argument than prodding true believers – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Fascinating Film

This film looks at the connection between Christianity in the US and war. James Carroll contrasts his becoming a minister with his father who was active in the military. Carroll does a good job of trying to contrast the good of Christianity that Carroll represents with the blood thirsty side. It's a fascinating film.

Typical Catholic bashing

Dont waste your money unless you hate catholics, and actually belive that GW Bush launched a new Crusade

Loved it!

James Carroll did a great job at showing the harm that religion causes to humanity. Most of the movie centers around the atrocites forced on the jews. It also shows how Christians either were the perputrators or they did nothing to stop those acts.