The Nun's Story
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Audrey Hepburn stars in The Nun's Story as Sister Luke, postulant of a Belgian order of nuns. Though frequently disillusioned in her efforts to spread good will -- at one point she is nearly killed by a mental patient (Colleen Dewhurst) -- Sister Luke perseveres. Sent as a nurse to the Belgian Congo, an assignment she'd been hoping for, Sister Luke is disappointed to learn that she will not be ministering to the natives but to European patients. Through the example of no-nonsense chief surgeon Peter Finch, the nun sheds her idealism and becomes a diligent worker -- so much so that she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fred Zinnemann's production is a soaring and luminous film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"... on target and godlike."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Certainly doesn't offer the positive depiction of religious life common in 1950s Hollywood, but it's not an anti-religious or anti-Catholic depiction either."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"One of Audrey's finest dramatic moments"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's still a long haul (made no lighter by Franz Waxman's abominably insistent score) for anyone not committed to theological problems of faith, conscience and obedience."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A superbly restrained piece of filmmaking, with Zinnemann directing in simple, unadorned style and Hepburn giving a truly radiant performance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Moving, controversial (for its time) religious tale starring Audrey Hepburn."
‑ Steve Crum,
"In the role of the nun, Miss Hepburn is fluent and luminous."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Zinnemann's drama depicts the spiritual tug of war of a young nun, beautifully played by Audrey Hepburn, between adherence to vows of chastity and obedience and rebellion against those values for her self-fulfillment"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Zinneman, an intelligent if dullish director, has avoided such obvious pitfalls in this adaptation of a factually based best-seller."
‑ , Film4
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