Saint Joan
Saint Joan (1957)

After an extensive talent search, producer-director Otto Preminger selected a 17-year-old unknown from Iowa, Jean Seberg, to play Joan of Arc, a role traditionally portrayed by actresses twice to three times Seberg's age. Seberg is cast… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 8, 1957
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Mr. Preminger, his scenarist and his cast, who obviously were serious in tackling an important drama, have only fashioned a series of dissertations on an important theme.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The endless talk is of institution vs. individual, Church vs. the girl's "heretical" voices-visions, France vs. Burgundy vs. England, at the molasses pace of a celluloid lecture.

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The then unknown Seberg in the central role is surrounded by an eminent cast, many of whom act as badly as she but seem above criticism.

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Time Out

Even hardcore Preminger fans number this stage adaptation among his lesser works.

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Fernando F. Croce

A work about Seberg -- a document on a restless, rebellious performer who, like her character, found herself trapped in a role

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hollywood adaptations of plays rarely come off much worse than this B&W one did.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of Otto Preminger's most underrated features.

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TV Guide

The fervor of the child-soldier is lost on the screen; she appears to be sweet and naive, not the calculating personality Shaw intended and wrote of in the play's prolog.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Saint Joan," Joan(Jean Seberg) is a 17-year old peasant who calmly informs the local official, Baudricourt(Archie Duncan),… More
Stefan P
Even though I couldn't understand much of it (because of my non-existing historical knowledge about Joan of Arc), I found this one pretty suspenseful and… More
Emily B.
This version of Joan of Arc is adapted from the George Bernard Shaw play, unfortunantely it doesn't work 100% in it's adaption to the screen. Jean… More