Chris Willman
October 06, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Doubt

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/12/08
performer
Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis
director
John Patrick Shanley
author
John Patrick Shanley
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

There’s a reason we can spend eight times more to visit the theater than the movies and feel like we scored a fantastic bargain. For shorthand’s sake, let’s call it Cherry Jones. Happily, her Tony-winning turn as a nun hounding a suspected molester/priest — is she paranoid? Heroic? Both? — didn’t pass into pure legend before some West Coast stints. John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt lets character trump stereotype at every twist…with subtleties easily lost in vast spaces like the Ahmanson Theatre. But would I take a rear-second-balcony seat just to see Jones again? Doubtlessly.

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