Calvary movie rating: red light

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Calvary red light Brendan Gleeson Kelly Reilly

When an innocent Catholic priest receives a death threat over the Church’s failure to address its legacy of sexual abuse, the kooky residents of a small Irish village appear to go search of a black comedy, but get stuck in a dramatic thriller that goes nowhere.
I’m “biast” (pro): loved John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)

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Mon, Aug 11, 2014 2:37pm

I think this may be a case where the trailer was a fair representation of the film: it wears the clothes of a black comedy, but it acts like a thriller, and those rarely work well together.

Tue, Aug 12, 2014 3:30am

A thriller in search of a climax!? It’s an allegory woven with the darkest Irish humour.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  josephjoe
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 11:50am

in search of a climax!?

I didn’t say that. The film has a climax. Not a satisfying one, but it does have one.

It’s an allegory woven with the darkest Irish humour.

Yes, it is. But it’s not a successful one.

Why don’t you explain what worked for you?

Tom Mc
Tom Mc
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 9:01pm

This is a review? If I pay extra, may I read a paragraph composed of two or more sentences? I get the red light, but I am looking for some enlivening thoughts. Perhaps you’ve been doing this so long you’ve forgotten what a review is.

reply to  Tom Mc
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 10:34pm

Read the explanation right under the “critic’s minifesto” link. You want more words, but apparently you can’t even understand the few words that are already there.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Tom Mc
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:38pm

No, it’s not a review. I make no pretense that it is.

I already review more films than many other critics. I cannot review everything. Sorry.

Carol Carpenter
Carol Carpenter
Sun, Jan 10, 2021 1:45am

I sure wish a female reviewer had noticed that all female characters in this movie were young, slim and beautiful. Not one single middle aged or older woman in this community? Men had a wide age and attractiveness range! Ageism and sexism on display for sure.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Carol Carpenter
Tue, Jan 26, 2021 12:47am

You could say the same about the vast majority of movies that receive a general release. See Where Are the Women? project: