Constantine's Sword

Director Oren Jacoby's intriguing documentary examines the history of anti-Semitism in the Catholic Church (as exposed in James Carroll's controversial book Constantine's Sword) and the link between the U.S. military and the Christian right. From Constantine's reign in the fourth century to today's evangelical base at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jacoby's film offers a provocative look at the roots of holy war.
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Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 86%
Critics' score: 86   Audience score: 80   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Constantine's Sword speaks provocatively to history and our moment. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

The breadth of Carroll's scholarship and the depth of his religious understanding strengthen his assertion that our misadventure in Iraq is the beginning of a new holy war. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

But I ramble. So does the movie, in an insidiously fascinating way. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Whatever your persuasion, you'll walk out enriched. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The movie covers an immense amount of shameful historical ground, but the soft-spoken Carroll's mission is less about winning an argument than prodding true believers full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

The movie raises important issues, but it provides few answers as it moves along in uninspired, talking-heads fashion. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

At once enthralling and troubling...does about as good a job as you could hope of distilling a 750-page historical examination of religious zealotry and power into 95 swift minutes. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Oren Jacoby's magnificent, thought-provoking essay film Constantine's Sword examines the unholy alliance between organized religion and military power. full review

Ronnie Scheib, Variety

[A] searching, intellectually lively documentary. full review

Jim Ridley, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2007
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Available From: Dec 20, 2008
  • Queued by: 508 people
Directed By
Oren Jacoby
Eli Wallach, Natasha Richardson, Liev Schreiber

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