Sister Act

1992

Sister Act

Critics Consensus

Looking for a sweet musical comedy about a witness to a crime hiding out from killers in a convent? There's nun better than Sister Act.

72%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 25

65%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 726,203
User image

Sister Act Photos

Movie Info

A sleeper hit that received a lukewarm reception from critics but was a success with audiences, Sister Act (1992) was star Whoopi Golberg's first bona fide smash after her Oscar victory for Ghost (1990). Goldberg stars as Deloris Van Cartier, a Reno lounge singer who accidentally witnesses a brutal murder carried out by her gangster boyfriend Vince (Harvey Keitel). Under the protection of a detective (Bill Nunn) who's trying to bring down Vince's criminal operation, Deloris is placed in protective custody at a San Francisco convent. Masquerading as a nun renamed Sister Mary Clarence, Deloris shakes up the established order of the sisters' lives, particularly enlivening their choral efforts. Although running constantly afoul of the Mother Superior (Maggie Smith), the new, jazzed-up musical act becomes a huge hit in the community, even drawing the attention of the Pope, but also alerting Vince to Deloris' whereabouts. Although credited to the pseudonymous Joseph Howard, Sister Act was actually written by Paul Rudnick and Carrie Fisher. The film was followed by a sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Watch it now

Cast

Whoopi Goldberg
as Deloris Van Cartier
Maggie Smith
as Mother Superior
Harvey Keitel
as Vince LaRocca
Kathy Najimy
as Sister Mary Patrick
Wendy Makkena
as Sister Mary Robert
Mary Wickes
as Sister Mary Lazarus
Bill Nunn
as Eddie Souther
Rose Parenti
as Sister Alma
Joseph Maher
as Bishop O'Hara
Jim Beaver
as Clarkson
Jenifer Lewis
as Michelle
A.J. Johnson
as Lewanda
Carmen Zapata
as Choir Nun
Susan Johnson
as Choir Nun
Ruth Kobart
as Choir Nun
Susan Browning
as Choir Nun
Sheri Izzard
as Choir Nun
Edith Diaz
as Choir Nun
Beth Fowler
as Choir Nun
Desreta Jackson
as 1st Teenage Girl
Zatella Beatty
as 2nd Teenage Girl
Skye Bassett
as 3rd Teenage Girl
Lois DeBanzie
as Immaculata
Isis Carmen Jones
as Little Deloris
Joe Medalis
as Henry Parker
Michael Durrell
as Larry Merrick
Robert Jimenez
as News Reporter
Toni Kalem
as Connie LaRocca
David Boyce
as Croupier
Terry Wills
as Salesman
David M. Parker
as Bartender
Nicky Katt
as Waiter
Mike Jolly
as 1st Biker
Jeremy Roberts
as 2nd Biker
David Parker
as Bartender
Guy Boyd
as Detective (unbilled)
View All

News & Interviews for Sister Act

Critic Reviews for Sister Act

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Audience Reviews for Sister Act

  • Dec 02, 2011
    Sister Act was a funny film, but is clouded with cliches and such a simple plot that it just felt weaker compared to other great comedies. I was very excited to see this film, I was hoping it would be a laugh riot and I would really love it, and although it is funny, it doesn't live up to my expectations. There are many jokes about Catholicism and being a nun, and although its funny for the most part, it felt like a film I have seen a million times (I felt like I was watching Kindergarden Cop all over again, but instead with Whoopi Goldberg as a witness instead of a cop. Whoopi Goldberg was the star attraction, I mean she was perfect for the character they gave this film, but i found her character very annoying at the start of the film but she slowly grows more likable throughout the film. Sadly her character will be the only memorable one as she is the only interesting actress in the film, they really didn't even give Maggie Smith much to work with. So it overall was just a fun movie with some good laughs, but it fails to bring anything new in terms of story or characters.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2011
    a hillarously divine holy comedy that has lots of offbeat humor ad rythem. A
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Why is this movie so popular? I've always wondered that. It seems like you can find it somewhere on TV at any time of the day. This movie isn't bad, it's just not that good. Goldberg just isn't that funny, and there are a lot of better movies similar to this one anyway.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2010
    LOL funny and cute. I remember this being huge when I was a kid (4 when it came out) finally glad to see it though! Funny how they never actually said "witness protection". LOVE Maggie Smith.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer

Sister Act Quotes

News & Features