Shanley adapts and directs his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in 1964 in a Bronx Catholic high school, young teacher Sister James (Adams) approaches stern principal Sister Aloysius (Streep) regarding possible improper behavior of a sexual nature by the seemingly benevolent Father Flynn towards the sole black student, 12-year-old Donald (Foster II). As a detractor of his liberal views, Sister Aloysius finally realizes an opportunity to target and entrap her supervisor, but even with her fervent determination the question of doubt constantly lurks in the shadows. Streep is forboding while Hoffman holds the secret close, though trumping them all is Davis in the role of the boy's mother with her meaty scene confronting Streep.
Based on John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt is an acting powerhouse, a dialogue-driven dissection of faith, religion, sin, and belief, which might not deliver the gut punch that it could have in a better director's hands but is a must-see for some of the best performances of the ...Read More
Brilliantly acted and deeply moving x495 at 2009-08-15 15:52:02
Doubt is this year's most well-acted drama. The plot revolves around a small Catholic school in the city where a seemingly friendly priest named Father Flynn is accused of molesting a young African-American boy. Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) is on his case immediately while Sister James, (Amy Adams) another nun sides with the priest. The verdict is decided by the audience. All three actors deliver what they're best at: top notch acting. Also with an engaging, fascinating plot Doubt deserved its Oscar nominees one hundred percent