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Novitiate

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Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, the movie centers on a 17-year-old who trains to become a nun as the Roman Catholic Church undergoes radical changes.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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December 08, 2017

Novitiate is a rare film about religion that neither bludgeons a viewer into accepting an ideology nor treats believers as misguided simpletons.
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Seattle Times
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November 15, 2017

In Leo, it presents a remarkable portrait of a complex woman struggling with forces beyond her control.
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San Diego Reader
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November 10, 2017

[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.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 16, 2017

"Novitiate" is challenging, uncomfortable, violent, simple in its message about transformative mind control imposed on youth, superbly acted and technically flawless.
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Philadelphia Inquirer
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November 09, 2017

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.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer
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November 27, 2017

"Novitiate" is a thoughtful and sincere rendering of the devout religious caught up in the changing times of modern society.
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Your Movies (cleveland.com)
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November 26, 2017

First-time writer/director Maggie Betts mostly manages to involve viewers in exploring why young ladies actually might want to take the spiritual plunge.
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Salt Lake Tribune
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November 29, 2017

Questions of faith and devotion are explored with sensitivity and grace in Novitiate, a quietly moving drama about nuns on the cusp of great change.
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Flickering Myth
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December 05, 2017

There's a terrific ensemble cast and strong period piece work (especially costume work of the wedding dresses representing marriage to God) at play in Novitiate
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Daily Film Fix
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November 25, 2017

A quiet and methodical narrative, "Novitiate" requires patience, but the reward is great.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 16, 2017

Most films, especially mainstream ones, are about the forces that whirl around characters. "Novitiate" grapples with what's going on inside them.
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Arizona Republic
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November 09, 2017

The film raises interesting questions, but the answers remain elusive, and whether that makes for a compelling cinematic experience is entirely in the eye of the beholder.
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