The Letters

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The Letters tries to honor Mother Teresa with an unstintingly positive portrayal of her life and works, but ends up smothering a fascinating real-life story under a bland hagiography.

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On Sept. 10, 1946, Mother Teresa (Juliet Stevenson) receives a message from God that tells her to help the poor, the sick and the downtrodden. Her new purpose initially causes conflict with the Roman Catholic Church and the government of India. After her death, a Vatican priest begins to recount her life's work, her political oppression and her unbreakable spirit. As her story unfolds through 40 years of personal letters, history remembers her as one of the world's greatest humanitarians.

Cast & Crew

Juliet Stevenson
Mother Teresa
Max von Sydow
Father Celeste van Exem
Rutger Hauer
Benjamin Praagh
Priya Darshini
Shubashini Das
Kranti Redkar
Deepa Ambereesh
Aapo Pukk
Young Fr Van Exem
Kaizaad Kotwal
Archbishop Perrier
Tillotama Shome
Kavitha Singh
Mark Bennington
Graham Widdecombe
William Riead
Screenwriter
Tony Cordeaux
Producer
Corky Barton
Executive Producer
Lourden Saks
Executive Producer
Jack N. Green
Cinematographer
Andras Ostrom
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Ciaran Hope
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  • A drama in which belief is reduced to well-meaning but inert treacle.

    December 4, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Struggles aren't ignored here; they're just surmounted with patience and devotion. That may be a good strategy in life, but it can be static to watch on screen.

    December 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A biopic about Mother Teresa could have easily been a self-important slog, yet William Riead's "The Letters" proves a stirring and absorbing if not quite definitive drama.

    December 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This Mother Teresa biopic offers Hallmark Channel-grade inspiration of the most sluggish sort.

    December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Variety
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  • Writer-director William Riead offers a highly simplified version of his subject's life.

    December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Slow, clunky and not terribly informative.

    December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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