70

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Despite some diffused messaging and oddly elliptical storytelling, "In the Name Of" proves an absorbing, at times hypnotic drama about religion, repression and sexuality.
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70

Village Voice

A nuanced, character-driven critique of the Catholic Church and its regressive stance on homosexuality.
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60

The Guardian

Co-writer/ director Malgorzata Szumowska, improving upon 2011's Elles, downplays the conflicts in a scenario apparently ripe for torrid melodrama, allowing the story and characters to reveal themselves at their own pace.
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60

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Encouraging sensitive performances that mitigate the film’s sluggish pace and fuzzy narrative, Ms. Szumowska juxtaposes two-person scenes of wordless intimacy with group expressions of casual violence.
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50

Slant Magazine

This Polish "gay priest tempted" drama is almost as confused about the moral quandaries of its characters as they are.
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50

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The second half is therefore much more interesting than the first; even so, the whole movie suffers from a lack of narrative momentum and a surfeit of wordless shots of men exchanging deep, meaningful glances.
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40

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
In The Name Of… might have worked moderately well as a character study, if not for the film’s insistence on treating other priests as mustache-twirling villains.
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30

Variety

While thesps Chyra and Kosciukiewicz... embody the physical aspect of their characters’ relationship comfortably enough, their pairing as lovers lacks both chemistry and narrative credibility.
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52 out of 100
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