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Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best. Read full review
Avoiding the clichés and condescension that characterize many films on religious figures, the movie is at once a compelling drama and a thoughtful look at faith-related issues on personal, social, and cultural levels. Read full review
Duvall's screenplay does what great screenwriting is supposed to do, and surprises us with additional observations and revelations in every scene. Read full review
Unusual, unhurried tour de force--a seamless match of strong artistic vision and physical performance. [19 Dec 1997, p. 52] Read full review
Duvall delivers a bravura, Oscar-quality performance....The Apostle is a profoundly humane movie that crackles with the joy and sorrow of an old blues record. Read full review
It's rare that we have a screen character as well-rounded, as recognizably human or as brilliantly played as Sonny Dewey. Read full review
A good little movie dominated by a great central performance that's likely to endure. [30 Jan 1998, p.D2] Read full review
In his long and distinguished career, only his Oscar-winning performance in 1983's Tender Mercies was this raw. Duvall becomes Sonny. The energy and passion of a preacher are all present. Read full review
A too-perfect mirror of its creator, The Apostle's greatest strength doubles as a singular weakness -- in the end, it feels like an immaculate forgery. Read full review
One of the most self-in-dulgent, muddled, badly written, vague and pointless exercises in filmmaking I have ever had to sit through. Read full review
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