Agnes of God
Agnes of God (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 13, 1985
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

What "Agnes of God" needed was a director like David "Scanners" Cronenberg, the Bergman of blood, who would compose a fantasia upon it, drag it down to its B-movie roots.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Despite all the anguished huffing and puffing, there isn't a single authentic moment in it.

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TV Guide

Though the plot has some annoying holes, the dialogue and the performances are excellent.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

All three stars do smart, honorable work.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Jewison thankfully offers no easy conclusions or happy endings, but he also brings up little to add to the theological debate.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

While Agnes of God has been considerably opened up, it is actually muddled in its transfer from stage to screen.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Fonda and Bancroft are interesting to watch together, in spite of their insufficient performances. But their meaty dialogues don`t amount to much.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Very well done movie.
Alec Barniskis
There are a lot of miscalculations by Jewison and Pielmeier here . . . the most damaging one is expanding the world of a small three person play into a movie… More
Mark Abell
A powerhouse cast and a compelling story presented here by director Norman Jewison and beautifully filmed by cinematographer Sven Nyquist combined to make this… More
Mike T.
This film absolutely oozes with melodrama and the dialogue scarcely rings true. However, the strength of Jewison's direction and bravery of the… More
John Ballantine
People don't seem to believe that this film translates well in the present day but I still find it fascinating. Mind you, you can sort of take a wild guess… More