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Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Film Threat
It's not often that a film changes history, but it's just possible that Irish writer-director John Deery's righteously energetic Conspiracy of Silence just might help alter the course of 21st century Catholicism.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A challenging, thought-provoking debut that compassionately questions the relevance of celibacy in the Catholic Church.
60
Deery's modest drama is one big, obvious argument against the vow of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, but it has heart.
50
Variety
Deery lays out a story devoid of subtlety, in which characters are too easily pigeonholed and issues exist only in absolutes.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Want Jesuitical fineness of argument? Look elsewhere. This one merely answers the prayers of those looking for an argument.
50
The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.
50
New York Daily News
Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.
50
New York Post
Touches on issues raised in "Bad Education," but without Pedro Almodovar's flamboyant elegance.
40
Village Voice
Due to Conspiracy's TV-movie simplicity, it's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler.
30
The A.V. Club
A well-intentioned but ultimately incompetent Irish dud.

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