La religieuse (The Nun) Reviews

June 7, 2019
If only the whole film had maintained this pared-down dramatic aesthetic.
March 6, 2019
Nicloux's The Nun is lovely to look at and has given Etienne a chance to shine, which she does with aplomb. Sadly, it doesn't bare too much thinking about.
November 7, 2013
Pauline Etienne as the heroine is a harmonising centre, believable, luminous, quiet-spoken, poignant.
November 4, 2013
It's an affecting and frank take on the loneliness of faith as well as faithlessness, whose horrors come in odd contrast to the plush production values.
November 1, 2013
It's a generally classy yet dramatically underpowered affair traversing a steady path between respectable costume drama and habit-lifting exploitation.
November 1, 2013
Looks as tasteful as can be but, in terms of emotion, lacks any kind of finesse.
November 1, 2013
Guillaume Nicloux has, alongside Jrme Beaujour, crafted a stately and atmospheric adaptation of Denis Diderot's novel, which is driven onwards by a powerful central female performance.
October 31, 2013
With impressive production design and a strong script, this is an engaging, well made French period drama anchored by a superb performance from Pauline Etienne, though the tone wobbles in the final act and the ending is curiously abrupt.
October 31, 2013
This Isabelle Huppert drama starts promisingly, but sadly reveals itself as a piece of hackneyed nunsploitation.
October 31, 2013
This is dark but comedic, with plenty of frills beneath the habit.
October 29, 2013
Measured and sensible, The Nun lacks the full-on claustrophobic horror of a film like The Magdalene Sisters and moves through events at a matter-of-fact distance.
October 28, 2013
A strangely drab adaptation of Diderot's much racier novel.
October 28, 2013
Though Etienne and Huppert are fantastic, Guillaume Nicloux's adaptation of Denis Diderot's novel is neither nunsploitation nor chamber piece, just about working as a sermon on hypocrisy.
June 29, 2013
Nicloux escalates Suzanne's travails at just the right pace, wrestling his final act back from "The Perils of Pauline" territory to conclude with an shocking suggestion which brings the material's themes back to the forefront.