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Led by a gripping performance from Melissa Leo, Novitiate grapples uncompromisingly -- and ultimately compellingly -- with questions of faith and feminism. Read critic reviews

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A 17-year-old trains to become a nun as the Roman Catholic Church undergoes radical changes in the early 1960s.

Cast & Crew

Margaret Qualley
Sister Cathleen
Melissa Leo
Reverend Mother
Dianna Agron
Sister Mary Grace
Morgan Saylor
Sister Evelyn
Rebecca Dayan
Sister Emanuel
Maddie Hasson
Sister Sissy
Liana Liberato
Sister Emily
Eline Powell
Sister Candace
Chris Zylka
Chuck Harris
Denis O'Hare
Archbishop McCarthy
Ashley Bell
Sister Margaret
Chelsea Lopez
Sister Charlotte
Marco St. John
Father Luca
Lacy Hartselle
Sister Theresa
Neva Howell
Sister Eleanor
Lisa Stewart
Sister Genevieve
Maggie Betts
Director
Maggie Betts
Screenwriter
Jessica Betts
Executive Producer
Kat Westergaard
Cinematographer
Christopher Stark
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  • Novitiate is a beguiling movie that requires a thorough examination of your own conscience and connection to religion.

    November 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Most films, especially mainstream ones, are about the forces that whirl around characters. "Novitiate" grapples with what's going on inside them.

    November 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Leo owns the film. Even when she's not onscreen, the character's heavy, leaden love for her God by all means necessary hovers, wraithlike, over novitiates and viewers alike.

    November 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • In Leo, it presents a remarkable portrait of a complex woman struggling with forces beyond her control.

    November 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Reverend Mother Leo's] countenance alternates between a stony smile and a twisted snarl, except for the moments when the changes wrought by Vatican II threaten to loosen her iron grip over her young charges. Then she simply goes to pieces.

    November 10, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There are times when Novitiate tests the viewer's endurance - it's a beautifully shot movie, but it runs more than two hours, and lingering compositions of silent nuns and novitiates start to feel unsupported by the story.

    November 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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