Thérèse (2004)

Thérèse Martin was born in 1873 to a working-class family in France. When Thérèse was only four years old, her mother died, sending the child into a cycle of depression. When she was 14, Thérèse experienced a spiritual epiphany and decided… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The film's plodding, unvarnished style suggests late-period Robert Bresson -- that is, if he were shooting a commercial for the decorative glories of scrubbed wood.

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Ned Martel
New York Times

A florid biopic about St. Theresa of Lisieux.

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Chris Armstrong
Christianity Today

In the end, there is too much here that we must take on faith.

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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

It deals with profound questions of death and separation but with the slow, satisfied air of those who have all the answers.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Although decently acted and well-crafted, Thérèse is essentially an illustrated Sunday school lecture for true believers.

Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Many is the time that a potentially compelling biopic is ruined by an awful screenplay. "Therese" is ruined by many things.

David Chute
L.A. Weekly

Skip the movie, stay home, read the book and say three Hail Marys.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

The do-it-yourself indie, financed through individual contributions, is too earnest and lacking in dramatic tension to cross over and preach to those not in the choir.

Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

As fodder for a movie biography, her life plays out ploddingly, even with the occasional miracle thrown in.

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