• R, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Peter Mullan
    In Theaters:
    Aug 22, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 23, 2004
  • Miramax Films


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The Magdalene Sisters Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A disturbing, heartbreaking and gripping portrait of religious paranoia manifested through violence.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 11, 2008
David Rooney
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This drama about a shocking reality from recent history balances a light touch with searing intensity and a sense of moral outrage.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 11, 2008

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 11, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Grimly believable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 11, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Magdelene proves to be touching, potent, and incredibly human in its emotional complexity.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: B+

June 21, 2007
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

A deliberately provocative film that triggers the audience's emotions in order to highlight important issues of personal freedom. Amen to that.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006

Time Out
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You may never look at a nun the same way again.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

The Magdalene Sisters isn't perfect, but it sheds light on a story that needed to be told.

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 5, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Mullan has made a vicious and relentless film, but his outrage is well-earned.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

January 27, 2005
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

May 21, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

March 25, 2004
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a powerful, dramatic, moving, dark, and depressing experience.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

March 18, 2004
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 7/10

February 15, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

A gut-wrenching expose of the mistreatment of young Irish women at the hands of men, the government and the Catholic Church.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2004
Dan Jardine

Bracing and potent, though the film's stylistic polish is sometimes tonally counterintuitive

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 74/100

January 29, 2004
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

A harrowing indictment of the atrocities performed in the name of organized religion.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2004
Collin Souter

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2004

February 7, 2004

Baltimore Sun
August 22, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 22, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
April 18, 2003
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