I saw this movie. It was on my radar since it appeared at Sundance in January and it was finally playing in my area by the end of November.
Overall, I thought it was a pretty good movie. There were some questionable scenes that did not make sense to me (well, really just one scene that I am not sure why the filmmaker had it) but overall I feel it captured well the experience of discerning your vocation. I got confused sometimes as to which sister was doing what. I think the director was trying to tell too many stories with the novices so they all felt incomplete. I thought the climax was really powerful and I felt so surreal after the film ended. It took a while to get over the emotional effects of the film.
As a devout Catholic, I think there are some worthwhile aspects to the film and the story that was being portrayed. I don’t think the director was out to defame our Church. I think some scenes were not necessary, the film could have been just as poweful without the sensationalized bits. I think it was worthwhile to watch and as someone who is discerning and has stayed in cloisters, I could relate a lot to the young women.
I hope this helps. I have a kind of love/hate relationship with this film. And without spoilers I hope I was able to convey what was good and bad about it.
Also, the priest in the film is never wearing a collar when he is wearing his vestaments (i hope I am using the right term). That really bothered me!