A disturbing, heartbreaking and gripping portrait of religious paranoia manifested through violence.
The movie is an indictment of systems that perpetuate oppression and exploitation by making the administrators believe their every cruel act is justified and by compelling complicity in victims and bystanders.
This drama about a shocking reality from recent history balances a light touch with searing intensity and a sense of moral outrage.
A damning indictment of the Catholic Church that lingers in the mind long after if ends. Angry, compassionate but never hysterical, this a true cinematic achievement.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This is a riveting piece of drama about a forgotten slice of history, no matter what the esteemed movie critics at the Vatican say about it.
| Original Score: 5/5
Magdelene proves to be touching, potent, and incredibly human in its emotional complexity.
| Original Score: B+
A deliberately provocative film that triggers the audience's emotions in order to highlight important issues of personal freedom. Amen to that.
| Original Score: 4/5
You may never look at a nun the same way again.
The Magdalene Sisters isn't perfect, but it sheds light on a story that needed to be told.
Mullan has made a vicious and relentless film, but his outrage is well-earned.
| Original Score: A
Mullan has done an expert job of creating a harrowing atmosphere without pulling punches or excluding a sharp sense of humor without slipping into bad taste.
Seething with moral outrage...If Mullan sins, it's that his anger gets the better of him. He sacrifices dramatic flow on the altar of polemics.
...a powerful, dramatic, moving, dark, and depressing experience.
| Original Score: 7/10
Its mode is that of 'a story that needs to be told,' lest we forget the marginalized lessons of history... worth seeing at least once.
A gut-wrenching expose of the mistreatment of young Irish women at the hands of men, the government and the Catholic Church.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bracing and potent, though the film's stylistic polish is sometimes tonally counterintuitive
| Original Score: 74/100
A harrowing indictment of the atrocities performed in the name of organized religion.
| Original Score: 3/4
Beautifully directed and acted, Mullen's movie seems to be made with the same purpose as last year's Bloody Sunday, that of atonement and catharsis.