The Novice (2021)


The Novice (2021)

An obsessive novice rower climbs the ranks of her college's rowing team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   8.2 /10
Metacritic   77 %
RottenTomatoes  95 %
Director Lauren Hadaway
Writer Lauren Hadaway
Release Date2021-06-13
Runtime1h 34min
Content Rating
AwardsAwards3 wins
CompanyPicture Movers Anonymous, H2L Media Group
Alex Dallas Alex Dall
Jamie Brillas Jamie Brill
Danias Dani
Coach Peteas Coach Pete
Coach Edwardsas Coach Edwards
Sage Irvine
Sage Irvine
Janssenas Janssen
Chantelle Bishop
Chantelle Bishop
Highsmithas Highsmith
Winonaas Winona
Try-Hardas Try-Hard
Eve Kanyo
Eve Kanyo
Groundmanas Groundman
Deanas Dean
Bounceras Bouncer
David Guthrie
David Guthrie
Bartenderas Bartender

The Novice (film)

The Novice is a 2021 American thriller film written and directed by Lauren Hadaway and starring Isabelle Fuhrman and Amy Forsyth.


  • Isabelle Fuhrman as Alex Dall
  • Amy Forsyth as Jamie Brill
  • Dilone as Dani
  • Jonathan Cherry as Coach Pete
  • Kate Drummond as Coach Edwards
  • Jeni Ross as Winona
  • Eve Kanyo as Groundman
  • Nikki Duval as Try-Hard
  • Charlotte Ubben as Erin
  • Sage Irvine as Janssen
  • Chantelle Bishop as Highsmith


The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 13, 2021. There, it won the Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film prize.

In August 2021, it was announced that IFC Films acquired North American distribution rights to the film, which will be released in select theaters and on demand and digital platforms on December 17, 2021.


The film has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 18 reviews.

Jourdain Searles of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review and wrote, "A film this raw made with such a steady, assured hand only comes along once in a while. We should take notice."

Kate Erbland of IndieWire graded the film a B+ and wrote, "The film’s tense score, from composer Alex Weston, adds to the sense that The Novice is more a horror film than anything else, with a series of intriguing, vintage song choices alternately cutting and upping that tension..."

Hoi-Tran Bui of Slash Film rated it an 8 out of 10 and wrote, "It's an impressive feat of incisively dark tone, even if the plot and characters are little more than shadows."

Alex Saveliev of Film Threat also rated the film an 8 out of 10 and wrote, "Hadaway may be a novice at helming feature-length films, but that doesn’t make her any less of a visionary."