The Song of Bernadette
The Song of Bernadette (1943)

The Song of Bernadette is a reverent recounting of the life of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. As a teen-aged peasant girl growing up in the tiny French village of Lourdes in the 19th century, Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) experiences a vision of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 21, 1943
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Jennifer Jones won the Best Actress Oscar for this stodgy spiritual biopic of the French girl who saw visions of Virgin Mary in 19th century France.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Based on the historical novel by Jewish author Franz Werfel, the beloved classic The Song of Bernadette stands head and shoulders over most religiously themed fare from Hollywood’s golden age.

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Mark Bourne

If your spiritual tuning fork doesn't already hum to The Song of Bernadette's sentimental religiosity, this is an overlong (156 minutes), overpious, and often kitschy hagiography.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The Song of Bernadette is not a great film, but it is a very good film. It is characteristic of the kind of earnest prestige or super-spectacle picture that was always a stumbling block for an art form built on commerce and exploitation, but it is

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Over-produced, quasi-religious historical drama.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Like most DVD offerings in this very fine series from Fox, the transfer is pristine.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I loved this movie, it's one of my favourite movies about saints. Jones gives a fantastic performance, and you get to see Vincent Price in an early small… More
John Ballantine
Jennifer Jones' portrayal of a young woman encountering the Virgin Mary at Lourdes is meant to be inspiring but nowadays gives a performance that makes you… More
Jeremy Smith
Great Spiritual Film.
Dimitris Springer
Fictionalized lives of well-respected names (usually) start off promising and by the end,a feeling of unaccomplished desire destroys the viewing pleasure.… More
Kevin M. Williams
years ago, local television in chicago, a town heavy with catholics, made a big deal out of a film representation of the miracle at lourdes, france, something i… More