Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

This attractive, well-photographed biographical drama makes a comparison between the pacifistic beliefs of St. Francis of Assisi and the 20th-century hippie movement. As a result, the film focuses on St. Francis' formation of a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Soft-focus spiritual gunk.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Avoid at all costs.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Avoid this insipid rendering of the early life of St Francis of Assisi.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

Zeffirelli's work looks like a Sunday-school coloring book: everything is glowingly photogenic, including poverty, and leprosy.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Zeffirelli has made a big, absurd doodad, a movie that confuses simplicity with simple-mindedness and that makes saintliness look like an extreme form of Asian flu.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A pretentious bore.

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Variety Staff

Franco Zeffirelli has utilized a style of simple elegance, befitting both the period and the subject.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a big, limp Valentine of a movie, filled with an excess of sweetness and light. What a shame.

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

Extraordinarily, Zeffirelli has made a beautiful and simple film.

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Kevin M. Williams
Well meaning (hey, it's about a saint!) but ultimately deeply flawed telling of St.Francis done up as a 60's counterculture agent provacateur. Only… More
Tom Ericksen
This is the MOST aesthetically beautiful movie I've EVER seen from the scenery shots to the actors -- Zeffierelli's FINEST -- Even better than Romeo… More
hawk ledge
Stunning visual metaphors, more a poem than a biography, succeeding brilliantly in juxtaposing symbols of worldly riches with those of spiritual riches. Graham… More