Agnes of God 1985

Critics score:
46 / 100

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Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune: Agnes of God plays with some challenging ideas and some sensationalistic events, but ultimately it fails to earn its right to toy with such subjects. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: While Agnes of God has been considerably opened up, it is actually muddled in its transfer from stage to screen. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: It is Meg Tilly who makes the movie live. Her performance, which works on both realistic and symbolic levels, allows you to believe in the story. Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: Miss Tilly makes a radiant Agnes, and Miss Bancroft a shrewd, forceful Mother Superior, but the writing limits each of their roles. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Despite all the anguished huffing and puffing, there isn't a single authentic moment in it. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Although the movie deals in the basic materials of a criminal investigation (cynical cops, forensic details, courtroom testimony), it has a seriously clouded agenda. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: All three stars do smart, honorable work. Read more

Time Out: Splendidly shot by Sven Nykvist and with excellent performances, it's an agreeable puzzle which doesn't, thank heaven, come up with a solution to the meaning of life. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Fonda's relentless interrogating, mannered chain-smoking and enforced two dimensionality cause her to become tiresome very early on. Read more