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Doubt (2008)Doubt (2008)

Doubt (2008)

Catholicism, suspicion and the nature of doubt

Drama, Mystery

7.5

movie

United States of America

English

Depressing, Dramatic, Thought-provoking

2008

John Patrick Shanley

Alice Drummond, Amy Adams, Audrie Neenan

104 min

Synopsis

In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority.

Our Take

7.5
Jasmine Renaé

The 2008 film Doubt offers a haunting peek into the crisis of pedophilia within the Catholic church. Featuring an all-star cast of Amy Adams,  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, it is more than just a fictional tale. With performances that will make you question your intuition and cast a shadow of doubt on your own instincts, Doubt is a difficult film to grapple with. 

I fell in love with this film very early on into the duration of it because it was so honest and it allowed the characters to navigate the nature of their suspicions. With Doubt, however, comes denial, and Viola Davis’s eight-minute monologue is simply smeared with it. Doubt is a fantastic story that has left me stunned for over a decade. 

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