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The Revival (2018)




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When Eli (Rysdahl) begins preaching at his father's old church, he is desperate to open the minds of the fire-and-brimstone congregation. His plans are quickly derailed when he strikes up a relationship with fascinating drifter Daniel (Booth). Tensions soon come to a head, with simmering resentments and repressed emotions all leading to a revival that will shake this sleepy Arkansas town to its core.

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Critic Reviews for The Revival

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

The often difficult squaring of religious fervor and sexual longing receives poignant, powerful treatment in "The Revival" ...

January 18, 2018 | Full Review…

But it is a worthwhile one, showcasing a pair of deeply gifted leading men and a promising new talent behind the camera.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Less a self-acceptance narrative, and more of an exploration of one man's crisis of faith, Samuel Bret Williams' screenplay avoids giving easy resolutions to the character's problems - making for an unrelentingly harrowing viewing experience.

October 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Holds a lot of potential. However, the conclusion will infuriate a lot of gay audience members, and the lack of scale and cinematic flair makes it a trudge to watch.

February 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This drama is sharply well written and played, with knowing observations about the collision between religion and culture.

May 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[It] doesn't just capture the community dynamics of a southern church and the contradictory pressures, he allows Eli to be seen not as a hypocrite but someone who has genuinely tried to serve their faith and not their heart.

March 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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