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The Novice

The Novice

2021
Suspense/Thriller
1h 37m
A college freshman joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost.
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The Novice

2021
Suspense/Thriller
1h 37m
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Avg Percentile 58.42% from 94 total ratings

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Rated 09 Jan 2022
75
49th
At times it's a girly Whiplash; where an obsessive & off-putting young person pushes themselves in a competitive environment. But the script loses focus as you don't get a sense of what drives the hero until far too late in the story. Likewise, the editing causes confusion; especially in the passage of time and visually presenting information. Still, it taught me some stuff and had a wonderfully dark psychological tone. I just wish the ending didn't feel so tacked on. Recommended.
Rated 28 Dec 2021
63
77th
(Julia Ducournau's ROW)
Rated 02 Oct 2023
66
29th
Intriguingly jagged and icy drama benefits from Hadaway’s eye for beautiful and forbidding scenic shots, as well as a painfully intense performance from Fuhrman at the centre, but the lack of a visceral charge to its central character’s obsessions makes this an uncomfortable watch without much reward; without any notable insight into the titular character, the film ultimately turns its screws too tight, stripping the groove and making the result somewhat puzzling, despite its fine attributes.
Rated 23 Mar 2022
80
77th
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Rated 28 May 2022
63
38th
It was a tougher and more mentally excruciating version of Whiplash. At times, sound and music were too annoyingly tense.
Rated 03 Jul 2022
85
71st
it's uncomfortable to be inside that person's head in a really good way
Rated 29 Jan 2023
70
66th
A superb role by a breakout actress, Isabelle Fuhrmann, but hindered by an exceedingly obnoxious and poorly mixed soundtrack. Worth a watch for sure!
Rated 11 Feb 2023
45
23rd
Pretty basic portrait of obsession, despite Fuhrman's amazing physical presence from start to finish. As a friend has notices, it is sometimes too sub-Whiplash and the slight body horror material seems out of place.
Rated 30 Dec 2023
58
69th
It isn't particularly original, but it is a stellar slow burn about obsession that I find compelling. I want to find excuses to love it, due to its intimacy and detail, but I just can't go that far.
Rated 24 Mar 2024
75
59th
It's a shame that this came out in 2021 cuz we need more movies with Isabelle Fuhrman. Had this come out away from the midst of a pandemic we would've heard more about it

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