The Nun's Story
The Nun's Story (1959)

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)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 18, 1959
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Fred Zinnemann's production is a soaring and luminous film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... on target and godlike.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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.

TV Guide

A superbly restrained piece of filmmaking, with Zinnemann directing in simple, unadorned style and Hepburn giving a truly radiant performance.

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Steve Crum

Moving, controversial (for its time) religious tale starring Audrey Hepburn.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

In the role of the nun, Miss Hepburn is fluent and luminous.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Zinneman, an intelligent if dullish director, has avoided such obvious pitfalls in this adaptation of a factually based best-seller.

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Tom Ericksen
Having been raised in a Catholic School, this paints a pretty accurate pic of nuns -- I'm sorry she left, because she had more common sense than all the… More
Leigh Ryan
So very long, but it was alright besides.
John Ballantine
Audrey Hepburn is superb as the nun who undergoes a number of personal changes as a sister in an order of nuns. The ending is blunt in a positive way.