Greydanus on Therese: The Movie

Greydanus on Therese: The Movie

Catholic movie reviewer extraordinaire, Stephen Greydanus, has reviewed the new movie Therese. He doesn’t give it an unqualified thumbs up. In fact, he says that it’s lacking in its depiction of the spiritual depths of Therese and sugarcoats her human frailties. It’s not a completely negative review. He does give praise for much of it, but essentially says that the pre-release hype that it would be a powerful tool of evanglization was overstated. In fact, he says, it will appeal mostly to catechized and active Catholics, and it may even move nominal or lapsed Catholics by its “simple portrait of devotion and piety,” but it probably won’t be much more than that.

I think I’ll still see it anyway, but I’m not expecting the earthshaking experience that the Passion was.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli
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  • I would give the movie even lower marks than Mr. Greydanus, although I have no qualifications to dispute his comments.  This was a real disappointment; a completely lost opportunity.  The production was amateurish, the editing a mess, the sound and film quality not much better than home-made 8mm.  The screenplay had very little depth.  In fact, I’m kind of sorry I ever watched Siskel and Ebert; I’d just as soon not be able to specify the weaknesses.  If only they had skipped the biography angle and concentrated on the “Little Way”, this would have been much more engaging (that is, if the writer had been up to the job).  Sorry to be so negative, but I had high hopes and I’d hate for anybody else to be as disappointed as I was.

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