Based on 556 votes and 31 reviews
I enjoyed the movie and the acting was great. Unfortunately, the movie left me feeling frustrated and doubtful by raising questions but not answering them.
Streep and Hoffman were superb in their portrayals of their characters. A very well-casted movie that constantly tackeled issues of not only the unquestioned devotion of religious faith but also the challenging of it right up to the conclusion of the film. An excellent film. Highly recommended.
Well written, great performances.
Great movie/acting/plot. I read comments about it being long, but I found it went rather quickly when following the dialogue, ideas, and things "in between the lines."
Awful. Boring. Oh, did I forget to say BORING. I love Mery Streep and Philip Seymur Hoffman and can only imagine how great this movie would have been if they had tackled the real issue that haunts the Catholic church.
Meryl is great in this serious role. She protects her students. I attended a catholic school and it was a true depiction of the era. Alone, in a male dominated world with the old cronie male hiarchy Sister Aloysius defended her turf very well. It surely brought back memories of the Bishop had me kiss his ruby ring and then when he cuped my face tightly I jumped back. Only for him to say he loved my big blue eyes. I was eight. I will never forget that moment.This movie is so great, every move, every look, body language. I will have to watch it over and over again to get the fullest effect. Helen
Thought this was predictable and expected - didn't think Hoffman had enough arrogance as a priest and I didn't know too many nuns that were that vocal against a priest - that was the time of "don't ask too many questions" especially of a priest or his faith - definitely a renter, barely.
Slow, boring. What a disappointment! There really was no story line, just a bunch of accusations that were never proven, or dis-proven. This definitely is not Meryl Streep at her best.
This was by far the worst movie I have seen in a long time! Save your time and money,it is not even worth the price of a rental! p.s don't doubt me!
This movie is all about character studies and the acting is superb. Hoffman, Streep are the real thing. If you have any history with being in a Catholic school in this era, it couldn't be more true to life.
Superb! Great acting by Streep and Hoffman. An accurate portrayal of the role the church played in the young lives of so many of today's aging boomers back in the 50's and 60's. The pathetic, protective hierachy within the Catholic church and the rampant physical and sexual abuse that happened was depicted with accuracy. See it and become informed. As sure as the sun will come up tomorrow this is still happening; only difference is the sophistication of the abusers has probably evolved. This is a serious movie, worthy of an Oscar.
Meryl Streep was just great.
Streep is great, but the movie really belongs to Hoffman, who hasn't been this good since Tootsie.
I hated this movie. The acting was wonderful (except Streep's over the top last line - cheese at its worst) but the script was horrible. After all the stories about abuse within the Catholic church - this is the movie we get. So, um, abuse allegations are the result of a deranged nun's mind? Would that some nuns had taken action - a dreadful movie without moral courage.
This was one of the best movies my husband and I have seen for a long time. Brilliant acting and great photography along with special effects, came together to create a really intelligent and thought provoking experience in the movie theatre.
Merryl Streep was excellent, the name of the movie says it all.
The movie was really slow and boring, a waste precious time. It was uneventful and plain.
Very good. I usually hate Streep but thought she pulled this one off. Hoffman is very good as usual.
Very provocative movie - Meryl Streep at her best!
Great acting, but just too slow and uneventful.
this movie contains some of teh best acting I have ever seen.
Wonderful Movie and superb performances from the lead roles, well worth seeing.
Excellent acting. Merryl Streep was fantastic.
think this could be the 2nd worst film of 2008!
This is a fantastic movie with superb acting. I can't recommend it enough.
the title says it all. you will doubt even your own belief! very well done tour DE force acting.
The "feel good" movie of the year.
Very slow and boring.
Well acted drama that leaves the viewer wondering.Power doesn't always come from physical or spiritual strength.
Phillips Seymour is just creepy. The aura he gives off is somewhat disturbing throughout the whole movie.
Excellent movie. Put this one on your list to watch this season.