True Confessions (1981) - Crime, Drama

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A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 62 found boring (24.19%)

One-line Reviews (51)

We also see both Tom and his partner Frank, Kenneth McMillan, being called over to Brenda's whore house where they find a well known priest, actually a Pastor, Father Mickey dead from a heart attack while engaging in sex with one of Brenda's girls.

It's that slow.

The problems were that the plodding pacing was not complimented by any vibrant emotional drama.

great set design (count the number of authentic cars milling about in the street, or smell the mustiness and dried in blood at the pornographer's studio where the butchery was done) and an absorbing and involving narrative intertwining the lives of the great and the good in a tale taking in sibling relationships, sex, corruption, murder of course and even religion...

But definitely,it was definitely one of the most entertaining and intelligent films ever made during the 80's.

Most of all, the dynamic between De Niro and Duvall is fascinating.

This is a great looking Movie with some stunning Performances and a terse, if confusing at times, Script with some scenes that simmer, percolate, and are intense from Dialog exchanges.

Far more gripping to see Duvall alone poking through the abandoned barracks where Lois Fazenda was sawed in half, and finding a bathtub covered with dried blood.

True Confessions is a most entertaining film about two brothers.

Roberts Duvall and DeNiro are indeed great actors, but they were wasted in this snore-fest.

If you are going to plod, you need doses of energy sometimes or intriguing interest.

Easily one of the 10 most boring movies I've ever seen.

Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall are compelling and believable as two brothers, Des and Tom Spellacy.

The reality of the characters is stunning, even though they are necessarily stylized to a large extent.

The actors were very accomplished, but the apparent preoccupations of the characters they were required to play and their thoughts on life in general were so boring that sympathy or empathy was impossible.

Hugely disappointing, totally unabsorbing, lethargically paced and practically plotless film.

I was under the impression that this was going to be very similar to LA CONFIDENTIAL and for brief spots the movie hints it`s heading in that direction with its subplot of the murder of a prostitute and pornography but there`s far too many slow talky scenes with static direction and there seems to be a subtext of catholic guilt in there somewhere which will probably confuse anyone who didn`t attend a catholic school as a child .

He has an intense dislike for both Amsterdam and what he believes is the hypocrisy of the Church.

Slow, slow, slow .

Some form of salvation from the mess and the muddle seems to arise with the sudden discovery of a dead body that's meant to remind audiences of the yawn-yawn-yawn Black Dahlia murder, though the way it's handled makes it more like the Case of The Drooping Tulip.

The combination is breathtaking.

True Confessions (1981) *** (out of 4) Entertaining if ultimately unsatisfying movie about two brothers, one a monsignor (Robert DeNiro) and the other a L.

Well worth watching.

This movie is so slow, I think some modern reptile bones petrified before final credits.

Although for me the movie is something of a disappointment, it's a fascinating one.

DeNiro's portrayal of Monsignoir Spellacy, an Irish priest with a decidedly human side, is positively stunning, in the manner of DeNiro's other historic performances of the era.

The movie goes on with a number of more confusing scenarios with Brenda killing herself with no real reason given other then she was again busted by the cops and Amsterdam who we find out is dying of cancer going to church and confessing his sins, in secret, to Desmond.

A flawed but fascinating look at murder, hookers, ambition and the Church...

Plodding "Mystery" Smothered With Catholic Guilt .

Also, his scenes dealing with the church and his fellow priests or performing services are deadly dull.

Contrary to viewers who were bored I could not tear myself away from the screen.

And I find it's still an enjoyable and interesting film, even on the inevitably faded VHS video from my local library.

A complete waste of time.

The pace was rather slow, the plot a bit obvious possibly predictable, in few words not what DeNiro or Duvall (who I found to have very poor chemistry on screen) got me used to.


Too Slow For Some Tastes ....

If you like your mysteries to be ponderous, pretentious, and dripping with Catholic guilt over the horrible sin of being human, you will love the heavy-handedness of True Confessions.

It is here then that I make my statement: any scene revolving around, but not necessarily merely involving, Des is anticlimactic and seemingly pointless.

"True Confessions" plays a bit too slowly, and is rather predictable.

The acting is, as you might expect, of a high order, and the closing moments are very fine, but the story generates little interest and the film is about as cinematically exciting as an average episode of an average TV series.

This was obviously was a fascinating movie.

If Didion and Dunne had simply concentrated on the murder and let the messages indirectly seep into our heads, I think they would have had a stunning film.

It is the story of flawed Characters among corruption and vice and in this atmosphere the gravity is intense.

So don't waste your time and skip this film.

Photography is mundane and direction, pedestrian.

" I will warn you that they don't have a lot of scenes together, but the story is riveting and should keep you more than interested.

Plain boring and nonsense.

Pace of this movie is slow, even too slow and plot is also predictable.

Some of his work is downright boring.

The difference between watching this film and paint drying is that watching paint dry is more exciting.

The acting was good yet overly restrained and the cinematography was drab.