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Margaret Betts

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About the Movie

Set in the early 1950s through to the mid-60s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 86
  • Fresh: 75
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Novitiate is an intriguing if somewhat opaque movie, a feverish testament to the long reach and hard limits of faith. – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 27, 2017

Fresh: A stirring, soulful convent drama from first-time director Maggie Betts features Melissa Leo in an Oscar-worthy performance as Mother Superior. The film is a potent provocation shot through with grit and grace. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Oct 27, 2017

Fresh: It says everything about the effective subtlety of Betts' writing and of the performances it inspired that much of what we know of the characters is rarely if ever stated. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 9, 2017

Fresh: It's well worth seeing ... not least for the ways it conveys the profound intensity of religious devotion and the costs such devotion can exact. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 9, 2017

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  • Genre: Drama

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