Agnes of God
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Agnes of God is an "opened up" adaptation of the minimalist stage play by John Pielmeier. Meg Tilly plays a young nun who secretly gives birth to a baby; the child's body is later found strangled to death. Court-appointed psychiatrist Jane Fonda is sent to the convent to investigate, a task made difficult by the weathervane behavior of mother superior Anne Bancroft. To draw out Tilly, who remembers nothing of the birth, Fonda suggests that hypnosis is called for. Playwright Pielmeier poses many questions--is Tilly a pure-and-simple murderess, or was there something… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All three stars do smart, honorable work."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"It is Meg Tilly who makes the movie live. Her performance, which works on both realistic and symbolic levels, allows you to believe in the story."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Though the plot has some annoying holes, the dialogue and the performances are excellent."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hysterical, pseudo-religious melodrama that's too verbose and stagey for the big scren, though the acting, especially Bancroft and Tily, is good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Well-acted and soul-stirring drama about miracles and the clash between reason and faith."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"While Agnes of God has been considerably opened up, it is actually muddled in its transfer from stage to screen."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Agnes of God plays with some challenging ideas and some sensationalistic events, but ultimately it fails to earn its right to toy with such subjects."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Jewison thankfully offers no easy conclusions or happy endings, but he also brings up little to add to the theological debate."
‑ , Film4
"Controversial religion themed story worth seeing; based on stage success."
‑ Steve Crum,
"a provocative piece featuring virtuoso acting from Fonda, Bancroft and Tilly"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Despite all the anguished huffing and puffing, there isn't a single authentic moment in it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fonda's relentless interrogating, mannered chain-smoking and enforced two dimensionality cause her to become tiresome very early on."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Fonda and Bancroft are interesting to watch together, in spite of their insufficient performances. But their meaty dialogues don`t amount to much."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Deadly - despite good work from Meg Tilly, the film is grotesquely directed and the spiritual debate is sensationalized beyond all reason."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A handful of darn solid performances are mired in a tiresome and muddled narrative."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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