Novitiate (2017)

Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, NOVITIATE is about a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 27, 2017
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Julia Cooper
Globe and Mail

Novitiate doesn't tell a straightforward story of love and sacrifice, of faith and its crises. [Margaret] Betts's film is ritualistic and enthralling, with a complex feminism woven into its cloth, and it's something of a blessing.

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Kate Erbland

Shining testament to the power of belief.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Overlong...dramatically a mixed-bag, but moving.

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Nick Allen

Strikingly ambitious, even when it can be as formal as a church service.

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Leslie Felperin
Hollywood Reporter

Mesmerizes as it probes a uniquely female-dominated milieu where passions - both religious, sexual and a combination of the two - run hot under those starched, lily-white coifs and black habits.

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Jordan Ruimy
World of Reel

"Novitiate" needs a heavy editing job but Melissa Leo, stunning as the conflicted nun from hell, is a particular standout and will surely receive an Oscar nomination come next January.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

There's a lot of great filmmaking in Novitiate, but there's also quite a bit still missing.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

It's thought-provoking, occasionally melodramatic fare that should definitely garner some award nominations for Leo, who could put the fear of God into anybody.

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Jason Bailey

In a way, 'Novitiate' is like a companion piece to 'Silence,' pondering some of the same big questions of faith and affirmation. It's not quite the film 'Silence' is, but few movies are.

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