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Spanning the early 1950s through the mid-'60s, this coming-of-age story is about a young girl's first love. In this case, her first love is God. Raised by a deeply caring, non-religious mother, Cathleen is drawn to the heady mysticism of the lives of Catholic nuns and their undying romantic devotion to their chosen husband, Jesus Christ. She enrolls in a training program with The Sisters of Blessed Rose, a cloistered convent. As Cathleen progresses from the postulant to the novitiate levels of her tutelage, her faith is challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a nun, just as Pope John XXIII's announcement of the Second Vatican Council threatens to alter the course of nuns' lives forever.

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Based on 12 Novitiate reviews, Novitiate gets an average review score of 73.
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variety.comCinema
Margaret Qualley and a fire-breathing Melissa Leo make vivid impressions in Maggie Betts' intelligent, ambiguous nunnery drama.
22d ago
3.5/4
www.rollingstone.comCinema
Story of young women becoming brides of Christ during Vatican II reformation gives Melissa Leo a whopper of a role.
22d ago
B/A+
ew.comCinema
Novitiate is an intriguing testament to the limits of faith.
22d ago
3/4
nypost.comCinema
Holy moly, Melissa Leo makes a scary Mother Superior.
22d ago
B-/A+
thefilmstage.comCinema
Novitiate offers harrowing moments that could have had more impact with a slower tempo.
22d ago
3/4
www.rogerebert.comCinema
Writer/director Margaret Betts explores this mystical passion in “Novitiate,” her thematically ambitious, technically-precise feature debut.
22d ago
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