Calvary | Full Movie

  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh90%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Brendan Gleeson delivers “a truly sensational performance” (Total Film) in this “wickedly funny black comedy” (Time Out) from acclaimed writer-director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard). When a good priest (Gleeson) is threatened by a mysterious member of his parish, he feels sinister forces closing in and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary tackles weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity.
New Yorker
Anthony Lane

The tension of Calvary is fitful at best, and much of the movie trips into silliness, but in Brend...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie...

June 25, 2017
Seattle Times
Moira MacDonald

It serves as a marvelous showcase for Gleeson, a great old-lion actor who shows, in the film's man...

March 1, 2019
San Diego Reader
Matthew Lickona

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh paints a rich portrait of the priestly life (and life in gen...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Mature material in thoughtful, powerful Irish drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Calvary is a thoughtful drama about an Irish priest. It has lots of mature content, including shooting and blood, a dead dog, and suggested violence against women and children. No real sex is shown, but there's strong innuendo throughout, and one female character is said to be openly having an affair. A male character is shown with his pants unbuttoned, only barely covering sensitive parts, and there's a reference to transsexual pornography. A character urinates on a painting (no body parts shown). Language is also strong throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t." The main character struggles with alcohol and is seen drinking excessively and getting violently drunk in one scene. Other characters are shown briefly snorting cocaine, smoking pot, and smoking cigarettes. Other types of drugs are mentioned. Despite the strong material, Calvary is extremely well-made and acted, and it tackles some very interesting, thought-provoking ideas, including forgiveness.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Mystery, Independent, Art House
  • Release Date:August 1, 2014
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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