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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.
The Hollywood Reporter
A challenging, thought-provoking debut that compassionately questions the relevance of celibacy in the Catholic Church.
The New York Times
Deery's modest drama is one big, obvious argument against the vow of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, but it has heart.
Entertainment Weekly
Want Jesuitical fineness of argument? Look elsewhere. This one merely answers the prayers of those looking for an argument.
Feels like a personal vendetta.
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.
The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.
Miami Herald
A film based on this information is potentially interesting, but Conspiracy of Silence, set in modern-day Ireland, is incoherent and often hard to follow.
New York Post
Touches on issues raised in "Bad Education," but without Pedro Almodovar's flamboyant elegance.
The limp thriller plot Deery constructs to frame his theological inquiries is both artificial and not very interesting, a lethal combination.

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