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Thérèse Martin was born in 1873 to a working-class family in France. When Thérèse was only four years old, her mother died, sending the child into a cycle of depression. When she was 14, Thérèse experienced a spiritual epiphany and decided to devote her life to God; she wanted to become a Carmelite nun, and when she was told she was too young, she traveled to the Vatican and personally appealed to the Pope to allow her to join the order. Entering the monastery at a time when winds of intellectual and spiritual change were sweeping the world, Thérèse came to see the simple but sublime life of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's plodding, unvarnished style suggests late-period Robert Bresson -- that is, if he were shooting a commercial for the decorative glories of scrubbed wood."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A florid biopic about St. Theresa of Lisieux."
‑ Ned Martel, New York Times
"Many is the time that a potentially compelling biopic is ruined by an awful screenplay. "Therese" is ruined by many things."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"Painfully sincere but hopelessly amateurish."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"This is the sort of movie parochial-school boys will want to draw moustaches on. They deserve our forgiveness."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"It deals with profound questions of death and separation but with the slow, satisfied air of those who have all the answers."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"Although decently acted and well-crafted, Thérèse is essentially an illustrated Sunday school lecture for true believers."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"As fodder for a movie biography, her life plays out ploddingly, even with the occasional miracle thrown in."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Her mortal story seems one of sadness rather than inspiration."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"What lifts the film above mere proselytizing is the obvious sincerity of everyone involved in the project."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Skip the movie, stay home, read the book and say three Hail Marys."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"In the end, there is too much here that we must take on faith."
‑ CT Staff, Christianity Today
"The very things that make Saint Therese of Lisieux's life spiritually compelling assure that it will not translate to film."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"'A well-made, illuminating and moving depiction of one our most beloved saints.'"
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Catholic Sun
"When it comes to pious Catholicism, "Therese" makes "The Passion of the Christ" look like "Cannibal Holocaust"."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Los Angeles CityBeat
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