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Agnes of God (1985)

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33

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

Agnes of God is an "opened up" adaptation of the minimalist stage play by John Pielmeier. Meg Tilly plays a young nun who secretly gives birth to a baby; the child's body is later found strangled to death. Court-appointed psychiatrist Jane Fonda is sent to the convent to investigate, a task made difficult by the weathervane behavior of mother superior Anne Bancroft. To draw out Tilly, who remembers nothing of the birth, Fonda suggests that hypnosis is called for. Playwright Pielmeier poses many

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

John Pielmeier

May 21, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (15) | DVD (8)

All three stars do smart, honorable work.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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While Agnes of God has been considerably opened up, it is actually muddled in its transfer from stage to screen.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Despite all the anguished huffing and puffing, there isn't a single authentic moment in it.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It is Meg Tilly who makes the movie live. Her performance, which works on both realistic and symbolic levels, allows you to believe in the story.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Agnes of God plays with some challenging ideas and some sensationalistic events, but ultimately it fails to earn its right to toy with such subjects.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Fonda's relentless interrogating, mannered chain-smoking and enforced two dimensionality cause her to become tiresome very early on.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Though the plot has some annoying holes, the dialogue and the performances are excellent.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Jewison thankfully offers no easy conclusions or happy endings, but he also brings up little to add to the theological debate.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Fonda and Bancroft are interesting to watch together, in spite of their insufficient performances. But their meaty dialogues don`t amount to much.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Hysterical, pseudo-religious melodrama that's too verbose and stagey for the big scren, though the acting, especially Bancroft and Tily, is good.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Controversial religion themed story worth seeing; based on stage success.

November 3, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Deadly - despite good work from Meg Tilly, the film is grotesquely directed and the spiritual debate is sensationalized beyond all reason.

August 17, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Well-acted and soul-stirring drama about miracles and the clash between reason and faith.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

a provocative piece featuring virtuoso acting from Fonda, Bancroft and Tilly

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

A handful of darn solid performances are mired in a tiresome and muddled narrative.

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Agnes of God

A powerhouse cast and a compelling story presented here by director Norman Jewison and beautifully filmed by cinematographer Sven Nyquist combined to make this a marvelous film. Meg Tilly radiates beauty, faith, and simplicity as Sister Agnes, a novice in an unnamed monastic order of nuns who is accused of murdering her newborn child. Jane Fonda plays a court appointed psychiatrist whose duty is to render a diagnosis that will allow the church and the courts to sweep this case under the rug, but who fights to find out what really happened. More detective than doctor, she follows the trail to wherever it leads, to the consternation of all. And Anne Bancroft, as the Mother Superior with her own secrets, wants this ordeal to be over before her own failures are revealed. Some of the early scenes, as the story was being set up, left this viewer a little confused and the relationship between the good doctor and a sympathetic police detective was largely unexplained. But, except for those shortcomings, this was a powerful film dealing with innocence and guilt and faith versus skepticism in a wholly believable manner. Questions remain, but the verdict rendered by the court seems just and fair, and the clash between faith and reason is not settled, but has reached a truce. One feels that an unlikely friendship has been established and that the good Dr Livingstone and Mother Superior Miriam Ruth share a mutual respect for one another as a result of these events.
March 29, 2011
Mark Abell

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People don't seem to believe that this film translates well in the present day but I still find it fascinating. Mind you, you can sort of take a wild guess as to what Agnes' grand secret is well before it is revealed on film.
June 26, 2007
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

There are a lot of miscalculations by Jewison and Pielmeier here . . . the most damaging one is expanding the world of a small three person play into a movie with a larger cast and setting. This has the effect of making the film a mystery where the characters occasionally debate religion, where the play is mostly the latter and far more moving. Also, Fonda is horribly miscast . . . but I do like Bancroft and Tilly.
March 3, 2013
Alec Barniskis

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