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Calvary

2014
Comedy
Drama
1h 42m
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Avg Percentile 62.51% from 1422 total ratings

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Rated 01 Sep 2014
80
86th
"I think she's bipolar, or lactose intolerant, one of the two." The pitch-black humour in the reference-laden dialogue tickles our funny bones, but 'Calvary' also manages to sneak disturbing seriousness in under our mystery-attuned noses. Gleeson excels as the intelligent, subdued Irish country priest, and - under direction of McDonagh (brother of 'In Bruges'-helmer Martin) - every single member of the ensemble cast does outstanding work.
Rated 12 Jul 2014
85
81st
I love the dark humour specifically and the writing in general. Great performances too. If the content spoke to me a little bit more deeply I'd rate this even higher but even so I found a lot worth chewing on.
Rated 19 Nov 2014
30
12th
Nearly every earnest look, every serious facial expression, every wise-sounding remark and every wry aside rang false to this viewer. In general, the whole thing comes off as an attempt to gain approval from critics and audiences that is ultimately just as programmed and nearly as uninteresting as the most generic blockbuster.
Rated 15 May 2021
65
59th
The dialogue to runtime ratio makes 'Calvary' feel like the longest seven days since God created the Universe.
Rated 22 Feb 2015
80
79th
If dat wasn't the most fucked up episode of Father Ted I don't know what is, now.
Rated 20 May 2015
75
72nd
I really liked the central performance by Gleeson, playing a decent man who feels the pressure caused by the less-decent people around him. The performances by the rest of the cast are perhaps less nuanced than Gleeson's, but work fine within the context of the story. While there are flashes of (dark) humour throughout, the dramatic element comes to the fore as the expected conclusion is reached. Well made, and quite affecting.
Rated 23 Apr 2024
89
88th
The perfect combination of First Reformed and Beach Blanket Bingo
Rated 13 Sep 2014
30
15th
Begins and predictably ends with loud bangs, and hopelessly melodramatic and cheesy in between. It's made out of platitudes, with occasional unsuccessful attempts at humor.
Rated 12 Aug 2014
84
63rd
An intelligent and thoughtful piece, a neatly episodic blend of gallows humour and threatening drama. A perfectly-judged ensemble cast work wonders, becoming both well-rounded characters and human embodiments of the Deadly Sins. The complex script adds contemporary metaphor to the screen, too, with political, social and modern-day religious matters enhancing the film's depth.
Rated 25 Jan 2015
75
59th
I like the narrative framing of the priest wandering through a tapestry of characters each uniquely apathetic to his cause of good will, all under the dark cloud of the threat of his murder by one of them. Some of these characters seem a bit too archetypal and absurd to effectively express the condition of a society in moral decline. Otherwise it's beautifully shot & scored, Brendan Gleeson carries the picture well, and the story sticks its landing well enough that I wasn't disappointed.
Rated 30 Nov 2014
9
94th
"Why the fuck would you tell me a story like that?"
Rated 19 Feb 2017
74
85th
A stylish tale about sin and guilt (the cinematography is stunning) with dialogue sometimes too clever for its own good, but always absorbing and interesting.
Rated 25 Dec 2014
78
82nd
An uneasy mix of black humor and melodrama, Calvary effortlessly juggles juxtaposing themes, such as both the evil & good nature of the church, and is anchored by a stunning performance from Gleeson. Yet, after all that, I was never truly hooked, and I'm not entirely sure why.
Rated 24 Jan 2015
83
72nd
Gleeson is quite good as a world weary priest under the threat of death. The film explicitly echoes Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest, albeit with a different framing device. McDonagh uses the plight of Father James as a means of looking closely at the aftermath of abuse scandals in the Catholic church--the result is one of desperate sadness on all sides. And while the beginnings of an answer dangle at the edges of the film, in the end McDonagh wisely leaves the viewer space to reflect.
Rated 20 Apr 2014
85
89th
This movie scores on all fronts. Recommended.
Rated 04 Aug 2014
80
61st
Covers a lot of ground, with Gleeson's priest conversing with a wide cast of characters dealing with issues as diverse as faith, child abuse, corruption, adultery, suicide, and murder. This kind of thing is at risk for being repetitive or shambling, but Gleeson's soulful performance and McDonagh's sharp screenplay (insightful and witty at the same time) combine to make a mature and effective drama.
Rated 19 Jul 2014
60
57th
Quite enjoyable because of the odd ensemble of the supporting characters.
Rated 04 Jul 2014
42
27th
Some cutting edge sin here, eh?
Rated 19 Oct 2015
85
82nd
The fact that this film made the comedic actors terrifying is a brilliant feat for everyone in this film. It's like if Quentin Tarantino was on Xanax and made a film he wouldn't dare make sober
Rated 17 Jan 2015
27
6th
A boring movie for Irish Catholic senior citizens.
Rated 21 Dec 2014
32
17th
T'would have been far more entertaining had Brendan Gleeson's character been a militarized centaur. (CAVALRY.)
Rated 17 Jul 2016
0
2nd
Awful farce! There is not a single drop of talent in the entire film. A torture to watch.
Rated 26 Aug 2014
0
0th
I watched this movie specifically after seeing an imdb rating of 7.5 but wow i was amazed at what it turned out.In two words "sheer nonsense" and either it is that i didn't understand the movie or it is that people rate movies, with good actors, as high generally. In all for me there was no story at all, just renowned actors throwing weird dialogues.And finally i would say in irish terms the movie was "shite".
Rated 06 Oct 2016
86
84th
An excellent film, as poignant as it is timely. McDonagh finds a really deft balance between beauty, jet black comedy and a touch of the macabre - basically, it's that time a character pisses on Holbein the Younger's The Ambassadors. What it asks about the forgotten role of the Priesthood in our time - and the forgotten role of forgiveness - lingers long after the film ends.
Rated 15 May 2021
70
67th
Frustratingly unevenly written going from great highs (the opening scene) over misplaced self-aware (Gillen's antagonistic atheist) to downright sloppy (confronting Dylan Moran's empty capitalist). The cast is fantastic though, and Gleeson in particular.
Rated 04 Feb 2024
100
98th
The most honest portrayal of Catholicism I’ve ever seen in film. We are all broken human beings seeking redemption. Christ willingly died for us all. The priest follows the same journey. All the while, he is seeking to pastor to those who will eventually kill him.
Rated 08 Aug 2014
90
95th
A perfect drama with just the right amount of dark comic undertone to make the subject matter more digestible. Brendan Gleeson is at his best playing the good, yet all too human, priest, and the supporting cast are excellent too.
Rated 18 Sep 2014
80
84th
Works on most every level, with its gorgeous photography, strong performances, darkly comic tones and compelling screenplay. I enjoyed the sheer level of antagonism running throughout the whole experience too. That said, there were a couple of times that this slipped uncomfortably into melodrama, and secondary characters were so bold and simple that every so often it did feel like watching a dark, gritty "Father Ted" reboot. Even so, very highly recommended.
Rated 22 Nov 2014
95
97th
The opening scene sets the tone: the first line "I first tasted semen when I was 7" is a funny and strange to start a film, but then the movie gets deadly serious for the rest. That's what this film does; an allegory of sacrifice told with seriousness but also with a dark comedy throughout. It ends like you may expect but it's powerful and Gleeson is great. Every pained expression on his face, every look of judgement or concern rings true. Great photography, wonderfully shot and haunting.
Rated 03 May 2016
82
56th
Pretty neat depiction of the multitude of ways people can be broken and of how nobody is safe from being broken, not even the "fixers".
Rated 06 Sep 2015
89
90th
Incredible. It balances nihilistic and religious tones with expert neutrality, and maintains a lingering sense of dread. I wouldn't call it "satisfying", more "impactful".
Rated 19 Dec 2014
4
70th
John McDonagh must have really loved Winter Light.
Rated 09 Oct 2014
80
63rd
Sneakpreview Bremen
Rated 02 Jan 2016
70
68th
How serious Catholics (really, Christians in general) are besieged--on one side, the heinous acts committed by the Church and those attack the Church (with some justification), and on the other hand a genuine faith in Jesus. I liked the way the film uses black humor to skewer extreme critics of Catholicism, without really providing any easy answers for devout Catholics, either. ps70
Rated 17 Jan 2016
88
49th
Beautiful scenery, great job by the lead actor. Plot was average but thought provoking.
Rated 08 Oct 2015
79
87th
Great film, strong performances by pretty much the entire cast. The plot description didn't really appeal to me but for some reason this film pulled me in completely right at the start and never let go. Excellent writing and it deals with a lot of themes. I guess the film could be a bit depressing but thanks to the (admittedly dark) humour and style/pacing there is a hopeful element as well. Highly recommended!
Rated 10 Jun 2017
100
99th
So powerful. Great acting. Subtle. Asks questions but doesn't give easy answers.
Rated 11 Feb 2015
85
59th
Viewed February 10, 2015. Brendan Gleeson's performance is superb, but I do feel like the stylization of the end somewhat spoiled the film's otherwise carefully measured tone.
Rated 30 Jan 2017
88
77th
Passionate film about a priest trying to hold onto what is left of his vocation. Brendand Gleeson is fantastic and I'd really love to check out more of his filmography after viewing this. "Calvary" has an awkward mix of drama and comedy; normally I'd call it a dark comedy but even to that extent this film is a slight odd ball. I really enjoyed it but it's not for everyone.
Rated 08 Jun 2015
8
76th
Calvary is one of the unsung gems of 2014 and it deserved awards recognition. I previously enjoyed 'The Guard' which was also written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and also starred Brendan Gleeson. So I had relatively high expectations for this. The writing is expxeptional, the humour is darkly brilliant, the cinematography is stuning and Brendan Gleeson gives an absolute masterlclass. Calvary can be a tough and harrowing watch, but it's masterful filmmaking and incredibly satisfying.
Rated 09 Aug 2014
60
55th
Dark comedy with sentiment and value. Tonally inconsistent but all together reverberant.
Rated 15 Apr 2015
90
60th
A film with something to say about everything.
Rated 17 Aug 2014
89
89th
A priest (Brendan Gleeson) is given a week to sort out his affairs before he's murdered for the crimes of another; a man of genuine faith, he makes his way through a world given to doubt and cynicism. Pitch-black drama (with ample humor, but it's not a comedy), brilliantly written by director J.M. McDonagh, which occupies a wavelength all its own--it never lets you get ahead of it, and keeps ahold of you to the very end. Wonderfully subtle performance by Gleeson, backed up by a fine ensemble.
Rated 02 Jun 2015
77
49th
I appreciated the simple structure of the movie, as I feared the religious motifs would bore or alienate me. In the end, it was one of Brendan Gleeson's best roles. It was a slick, well-paced film which worked for me as a straight-up suspense/revenge film; I was not really interested in any of the extraneous contexts McDonagh seemed to be exploring. Also, I was constantly expecting Father Dougal McGuire to pop his head around the door.
Rated 20 Sep 2014
65
16th
Perfect example of my belief that films don't always need to be 1.5-2 hours, but are forced to be that way due to the nature of the film exhibition business. This film could have made its point in a taut 45-50 minutes, instead as the days count off with intermittent title cards, it feels like they are lasting longer than actual real-time days. Gleeson is a marvel, as always, but I won't be revisiting this dredge again.
Rated 18 Jan 2015
60
3rd
I could not watch till end..was it boring or I was bored..but soo simple ,and fancy words they have..but it s not enough ..ur last movıe was better mcdonagh..
Rated 24 Aug 2014
40
32nd
There was a lot of dramatic acting, then I fell asleep. I woke up just in time to see the ending scenes. Maybe I should try to watch it again someday? Or maybe not.
Rated 12 Feb 2015
64
45th
There was some really fun dialogue here and some individual scenes that worked well. I wasn't totally engaged the whole time, though, largely because it felt a little too disconnected from scene to scene. I was also sort of distracted and feel like I might love this movie on a second viewing.
Rated 15 Dec 2014
74
48th
Brendan Gleeson is excellent here and the dark humor mostly works because of a good cast around him. It doesn't land the ending however and it never really goes deep enough to become truly compelling.
Rated 27 Sep 2014
88
97th
A slow simmering movie that begins in an anonymous threat. Extremely enjoyable.
Rated 27 Oct 2015
56
43rd
Excellent acting, especially from Gleeson, and some fairly brilliant scenes. But there's also a lot of stuff that feels stagy or too on the nose. All the meta stuff doesn't help that either. It's about two steps left from a great movie but still well worth seeing.
Rated 07 Nov 2015
70
66th
Very slow paced with an attempt to carry weight it doesnt earn until later on can make it a tough watch to begin with. Some decent black humour carries it though and it eventually unfolds into a compelling story.
Rated 23 Jul 2014
86
89th
Gleeson at his best! If that can be said, this role suits him even better than the works in The Guard or In Bruges, and despite the fact that the movie has a really slow tempo, it's a unique, brilliant mesh of ingenious characters, humour, and a very actual plot that extends far beyond what it looks like on the first sight.
Rated 29 Mar 2024
45
10th
Couple funny minutes, then sentimental and endless meandering that doesnt seem to pass so I quit after half an hour. Too bad because Gleeson is great and I want to get into this movie but the writing is too bad.
Rated 02 Apr 2018
10
1st
Lasted about 10 minutes into this one. Unnecessarily crude and disrespectful. Even Ireland is churning out vile garbage these days.
Rated 29 Nov 2019
50
18th
Boringly nihilistic. And a lot of scenes rung false to me.
Rated 26 May 2021
55
50th
There is some great dialogue here, but the overall mystery did not work for me. I felt no tension and no exciting towards the reveal.
Rated 06 Aug 2017
65
62nd
Calvary is a slow-burn that ultimately ends exactly where it says it will. Fortunately the film is all about the journey, balancing some of the more sombre themes with wry commentary about the Catholic Church, life and people in general. The film is intelligent, though not without fault. Gleeson, Reilly, Moran and O'Dowd are great, but the onslaught of side characters of varying quality get tiresome in a film that isn't as tight as it could be. Decent cinematography; definitely worth watching.
Rated 07 Sep 2015
84
90th
Powerful film with a power house performance by Brendan Gleeson.
Rated 04 Apr 2022
6
35th
Rated 16 Jun 2023
60
44th
The beautiful scenery, Brendan Gleeson's in-command performance, a great supporting turn by Chris O'Dowd, a cast of familiar faces, some humour and the heaviness of the subject matter and the execution ensure that "Calvary" is a strong and, at its best, mystifying watch. On the downside, the second third marks a considerable dip in quality, and in general the movie is too talky and unfocused, in no small part due to a striking overabundance of smart-ass secondary characters cramping the script.
Rated 03 Aug 2023
80
85th
A subdued but deep story. There are a lot of different personalities here with the characters and I can always appreciate that, because it's not always given with people who are not in the spotlight. Brendan Gleeson is so excellent here as the priest who takes a lot of crap from the locals. He's got his own values and thoughts, making him feel like a complete and deep character who is not without his own faults.
Rated 15 Aug 2023
7
62nd
very good, very grim
Rated 25 Aug 2014
93
82nd
1271: really good. more philosophical than Linklater bullshits!
Rated 17 Oct 2015
80
78th
A ponderous movie that's quite enjoyable because the acting is outstanding, the writing is mostly engaging, and the filmmaking is beautiful.
Rated 20 Aug 2014
90
85th
Almost immediately begs to be re-watched. Its blend of light and darkness fits it well, as there seems to be a constant push pull between those two sides of human nature. Gleeson is fantastic, which is no surprise. *Increased to 90 because it lingers with you. This is a movie that will creep under your skin and hold down the fort forcing you to deal with it.
Rated 06 Jan 2018
77
74th
Brazenly dark-comedic
Rated 25 Oct 2015
80
61st
Haven't even seen it yet
Rated 12 Jul 2014
93
89th
Absolutely gripping and satisfying drama with phenomenal acting, directing, and dialogue. Difficult themes to tackle in this one, but it does so better than I've ever seen. Well timed moments of hyperbole/absurditist comedy too (think Sightseers). Overall an absolutely fantastic film...
Rated 09 Dec 2014
75
44th
Calvary asks us to love it in all of its blatant hypocrisy, which is an interesting thesis, but doesn't make the finished product any less sophomoric.
Rated 09 Apr 2015
97
65th
A dark,thought-provoking dramedy with a stand-out performance by Brendan Gleeson; Calvary deals with some heavy topics, in particular, the collateral damage caused in the wake of child abuse cases in the catholic church(the film is set in Ireland, so it's one that very topical there) plays a vital part in the arc of the film.Calvary is a great film that that needs to be seen.
Rated 17 Jul 2014
70
57th
Karakterler derinlemesine incelenmemiş,kopuk ama oyunculuklar ve konu başarılı.
Rated 12 Nov 2022
68
36th
Deep and very authentical acting. But it did't capture me, didnt enjoy a single moment and just wanted it to finish.
Rated 07 Aug 2014
80
80th
Everything obviously leads up to the final scene on the beach. Why does Father James (perhaps Gleeson's best performance in an excellent career) throw the gun away and submit to Jack's judgement? And why would Jack want to exact justice by shooting an innocent priest? But he isn't innocent. The famous saying, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". applies here. Father James tells the young priest that he has no integrity, and that's the worst thing a
Rated 14 Aug 2014
80
69th
Gleeson serves as an mechanism to explore the lives a wonderful cast, fleshing out all of their stories in just 80 minutes. A movie about forgiveness and overcoming darkness.
Rated 11 Mar 2016
91
95th
It's insane how well this movie balances black humor with hopeful sincerity. The cast is great, and the movie is shot masterfully as well. I was totally blindsided by this film.
Rated 14 Jan 2016
87
96th
Incredible. This is how to make an ensemble of characters really come to life.
Rated 11 May 2015
83
66th
I pray you see this Dark Comedy / Drama about a Priest who is given seven days to shore up his business on this Earth, because a man in confession tells him that he is going to be killed. From this description alone, you would think this movie would be a thriller, but it actually has a pretty slow pace and has a lot of witty and sentimental scenes throughout the film. Brendan Gleeson has a Saintly performance and Chris O'Dowd takes on a whole new type of role...
Rated 08 Apr 2015
70
83rd
Second movie by John Michael McDonagh and second original, interesting and entertaining film. Calvary is more serious than The Guard, and also better in term of script, if not as fun. Once again he employs Gleeson in the starring role; a very wise move. Powerful film. Can't wait to see whats next for McDonagh. He's one of my favorite working directors right now.
Rated 29 Mar 2016
80
55th
Herausgekommen ist ein Film, der uns aufrüttelt und verunsichert. Sich Calvary anzusehen ist auch dann kein unnötiges Opfer, wenn man nicht irisch oder katholisch ist!(...) die ganze Rezension sowie unsere favorisierten schwarzen Komödien gibts auf der Seite unserer Videothek cinegeek.de
Rated 21 Sep 2014
75
62nd
Totally implausible biblical allegory about a good man dying for the sins of others (hence the title). Chock full of crazy stereotypes that leave you wondering why anyone would ever visit Ireland again (apart from the beauty of its scenery). That said, the allegory is an interesting one, and whilst this film is only "funny" in the same way that life is sometimes, it is a deeply thought provoking, moving and beautifully acted drama that will stay with you. I could watch Gleeson all day long !
Rated 20 Jul 2014
90
88th
a beautiful, dark, witty script. elegant acting, masterful directing.. It deserves a foreign movie Oscar nomination
Rated 20 Apr 2014
8
92nd
Dark, powerful and thought provoking with a very strong and moving central performance from Brendan Gleeson.
Rated 18 Sep 2015
70
59th
Not as funny as their previous outings but it puts an effective mystery element to it. The character is drawn quiet well and you really do sympathise with all the stuff that happens to him. Great ensemble cast.
Rated 16 Jun 2015
70
82nd
Excellent.
Rated 22 Jun 2017
80
88th
Fun and intelligent.
Rated 07 Mar 2016
80
69th
It's not quite The Guard, but not far off. Gleeson is brilliant, the script works and McDonagh does well. Slightly too slow for its own good.
Rated 25 Mar 2015
86
81st
A strong and sad film that has great performances in front of a beautiful backdrop.
Rated 04 Apr 2016
67
49th
I heard this was dark but it turned out to be darker than I was expecting and overall I found it hard to say I enjoyed the film as a result. That's not to say it's a really worthy piece of cinema. Gleeson is exceptional and the script intelligently deals with it's dark themes and story, sprinkling humour to sweeten the taste as often as it can. Personally I'm just not sure I'd want to watch it again which is a shame as it's a really good film apart from how it left me feeling.
Rated 16 Jan 2016
88
92nd
Calvary is darkly poetic with its attention to some serious subject matter, yet its dark humor is often what shines through. While Gleeson is immaculate, the entire cast brings some great performances.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
86
94th
The parish priest tries to navigate an excessively bitter and hostile environment.
Rated 08 Jun 2015
82
71st
81.500
Rated 05 Oct 2014
6
34th
It takes a great actor to deliver a great performance. And a beard, especially a beard.
Rated 16 Jun 2015
53
40th
not as clever as it thinks it is
Rated 05 Oct 2014
87
86th
Brilliant acting. Stupendous writing. Pity about the break in style at the end (I perceived it as such, anyway.)
Rated 07 Jul 2014
80
80th
The script is witty, full of gallows humour and ventures into some very dark and disturbing territory. Gleeson is absolutely superb.
Rated 08 Jul 2014
4
88th
Similar pace as The Guard, yet much better.

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