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Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Doubt is a mesmerizing, suspense-filled drama with riveting performances from Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis.

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PAUSE for kids age 16
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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1 out of 5

Brooding, play-based drama isn't for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this brooding, play-based drama isn't for kids. It tackles questions about God, faith, and evil in a way that will most likely be either uninteresting or too complex for young audiences. Though children are in the cast, the movie's themes are mature -- particularly the question of whether or not a priest has abused a child and how doubt about what happened undoes three main characters. Another storyline examines the patriarchal nature of the Catholic church, despite its dependence on the good works of its (female) nuns. Though there's little swearing, violence, or drinking, the movie isn't meant for kids (and isn't particularly likely to interest them, either).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it saying about religion? The Catholic church in particular?
  • Why do Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn clash? Who's right, and who'swrong? And what of doubt? Do you think Father Flynn is guilty orinnocent?
  • Whatcharacteristics do movies based on plays tend to have in common? Do plays always makegood movies? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Doubt asks hard questions, and we dutifully squirm in reply.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, December 19, 2008

Rotten: John Patrick Shanley's Doubt left me less moved than querulously dissatisfied despite the impressive performances of Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis in all the key roles.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fresh: A taut, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse drives the absorbing psychological thriller Doubt.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, December 12, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

That woman Streep and Viola Davis gave me goosebumps. Hoffman was also perfect for his part. It's originally based on a play, which I'm definitely going to see if it's ever adapted in Holland. I won't say anything about the movie, because that would ruin the effect. It's very captivating, and the media coverage on the subject in the last couple of months really gives this movie an extra intensity.

- Saxia, Thursday, September 30, 2010

3 stars

Very true to the play (or at least the version that we saw). It was very enjoyable.

- purplemegan, Monday, September 27, 2010

4 stars

Well, it was a great and powerful drama from John Patrick Shanley... He wrote a really great story from a simple word : Doubt... Joining an Academy Award class actors like Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman with a young talent from Amy Adams and a great short performance from the newcomers Viola Davis, this movie has it all... A powerful story, a great performance from the cast, and a great ending... Even that, I was a little boring in the middle of this movie because the power of this movie really was in the conversation between the actors... But overall, I was

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Saturday, August 7, 2010