The Bells of St. Mary's Reviews

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
November 19, 2013
The same qualities that make The Bells Of St. Mary's quaint are also the qualities that make it, if not great, then at least solidly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 21, 2011
Though the various irregular pieces of this movie make it one of McCarey's least satisfying movies on an artistic level, it's totally understandable as to why it's his most popular.
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A classic of faith and values.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
December 5, 2008
As Sister Benedict, Ingrid Bergman manages to combine beauty, great good humor and saintly dignity even while swinging a baseball bat.
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
[Bergman's] clashes with Crosby...are moments that will have an audience alternately laughing and sniffling.
Emanuel Levy
February 12, 2008
Before singing nuns, there were singing priests, such as Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Leo McCarey's charming sequel that's better (and was more popular at the box-office) than the original, the 1944 Oscar-winner Going My Way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Crum
January 1, 2008
Only a nitch less entertaining than 'Going My Way,' but Ingrid Bergman's nun helps in the balance.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 13, 2007
Winsome and highly commercial sequel to Going My Way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 4, 2006
Touchingly sentimental, but strong in all the right places.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rambling [and] embarrassingly winsome...
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2003
Good cast, good direction, but not near its parent film.
| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
Dripping with sentiment, but who cares when you've got Bergman as the singing nun?
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Seldom has a sequel so completely transcended its predecessor.
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 17, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 7, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 19, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Klady
Movie City News
July 18, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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