Thérèse Reviews

November 2, 2006
In the end, there is too much here that we must take on faith.
February 14, 2005
Many is the time that a potentially compelling biopic is ruined by an awful screenplay. "Therese" is ruined by many things.
January 14, 2005
As fodder for a movie biography, her life plays out ploddingly, even with the occasional miracle thrown in.
January 8, 2005
The very things that make Saint Therese of Lisieux's life spiritually compelling assure that it will not translate to film.
November 12, 2004
Painfully sincere but hopelessly amateurish.
November 7, 2004
Her mortal story seems one of sadness rather than inspiration.
November 4, 2004
'A well-made, illuminating and moving depiction of one our most beloved saints.'
October 26, 2004
This is the sort of movie parochial-school boys will want to draw moustaches on. They deserve our forgiveness.
October 19, 2004
What lifts the film above mere proselytizing is the obvious sincerity of everyone involved in the project.
October 14, 2004
When it comes to pious Catholicism, "Therese" makes "The Passion of the Christ" look like "Cannibal Holocaust".
October 13, 2004
The film's plodding, unvarnished style suggests late-period Robert Bresson -- that is, if he were shooting a commercial for the decorative glories of scrubbed wood.
October 1, 2004
The devout will no doubt enjoy this picturesque dramatization of an inspirational story many have known since childhood; others may understandably expect something more.
October 1, 2004
It deals with profound questions of death and separation but with the slow, satisfied air of those who have all the answers.
October 1, 2004
Skip the movie, stay home, read the book and say three Hail Marys.
September 30, 2004
A florid biopic about St. Theresa of Lisieux.
September 30, 2004
Although decently acted and well-crafted, Thrse is essentially an illustrated Sunday school lecture for true believers.
September 30, 2004
The do-it-yourself indie, financed through individual contributions, is too earnest and lacking in dramatic tension to cross over and preach to those not in the choir.
September 30, 2004
Unless you're stumped for a way to commemorate the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux Friday, there's little point in going to see the low-budget, one-star-worthy hagiography, Therese.
September 25, 2004
Reverent, uplifting, straightforward biopic that will be enjoyed by Catholics… lacks the psychological depth and spiritual insight [of] Story of a Soul.