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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.
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.
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.
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.