About the Movie
A shy young student leaves her small town and religious family to study at a university in Oslo, but once on campus she experiences what appears to be a violent, unexpected seizure. Overwhelmed by the increasing intensity of the mystifying episodes and her powerful feelings for a beautiful classmate, Thelma struggles to control her supernatural abilities.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 119
- Fresh: 110
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mostly, and most satisfyingly, it plays with the female Gothic, those unnerving tales - churning with desires and dread, and quivering with anxiety and suspicion - in which women are at once the victims and agents of change.
Fresh: Thelma doesn't play with pig's blood and jump scares; its dreamlike dread is subtler and stranger, and much harder to shake.
Fresh: "Thelma" is tense, thoughtful and beautifully composed ...
Fresh: Like an emo Carrie, it probes the profound underlying sadness beneath tales of possession. It makes vivid the protagonist's loneliness and despair.
A really well made movie... but....
...filmmakers should always remember the world is comprised of many different people with different experiences and values, so therefore your audience, possibly...
This audience member (me) does not hold Christianity as the big bad oppressive wolf out in life, so the tropes about the deluded, fearful, oppressive, crazy Christian, does not a comfortable home find, over here.
That said -- this filmmaker is just as misguided as half the world, regarding God and Christ. Because modern day Christianity simply is not successful at introducing Christ into the lives of folks, 'everything' is repping him. So knowing this, I won't fault the filmmkaer for his distain.
I empathize, the ill qualified representatives have become the mouth piece and foot runners for Christianity and abuse the faith. But this film, for me was another condemnation of the religion via a storyline. Not something I condone, as an audience member. It rides on the bite back rising in society against the faith, crafting a narrative which presents Christianity as monster personified (via a nuanced story).
The world in 2018, needs to understand and embrace differences. So though I enjoyed it as a film, I didn't appreciate it at the same time. For me alone, it is a dressed up toad.
Thelma is not in your face preaching against Christianity, the story does the job. And there is something icky-creep like about it. Still it's done in a highly engaging manner, beautifully filmed, and edited masterfully. So I have to be fair, there is alot of good stuff here. Just a little too heavy-handed and predictable in it's view of Christians.
Some people have said it before....this is like an arthouse version of a Marvel superhero origin story. Visually stunning, amazing performances, and some truly creepy stuff that will make your skin crawl. Love.
One of the worst
Can’t say much about the acting but the story line at best was painfully slow but the story line was awful.