• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mike Leigh
    In Theaters:
    Oct 10, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 29, 2005
  • New Line Cinema

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Vera Drake Reviews

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Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine

The heroine of Mike Leigh's wonderfully subtle and relentlessly harrowing new film is a cheerful, compactly built middle-aged woman who spends her waking hours in perpetual motion.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 19, 2013
Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today

In a hopelessly polarized debate, Leigh allows us to see real people involved in real situations. The film will keep people on either side of the abortion debates talking.

| Original Score: 4/4

November 10, 2006
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance.

Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 8/10

November 4, 2005
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Staunton lends the role of Vera a great emotional complexity, eschewing any facile moral response to the social and sexual issues at the heart of the film.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

June 21, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Imelda Staunton delivers an indelible performance as a woman with a frighteningly simplistic idea of the world and how to live in it.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B+

June 20, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Moralmente complexo, está longe de representar uma experiência 'satisfatória' para o espectador, que sairá emocionalmente esgotado do cinema. Isto o engrandece ainda mais.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

May 13, 2005
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

La película confirma a Mike Leigh como uno de los mejores representantes del cine británico, y a Imelda Staunton como una de sus mejores actrices.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

May 7, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Puts a tender human face on this explosive subject.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

May 4, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Vera Drake succeeds because Leigh is not interested in sloganeering but in looking at the human and moral cost.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B+

April 13, 2005
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

Despite an occasionally hampering pace, Vera Drake is worth [it] because of its impeccably conceived and acted characters and the moral quagmire they present us with.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

April 5, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Imelda Staunton, a noted British stage actress, gives the best performance of any actress I have seen in the last few years.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

March 29, 2005
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

There are few topics that generate more controversy than abortion, yet Mike Leigh's film seems wholly uninterested in courting debate.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

March 27, 2005
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Leigh takes time to show us the daily lives of all characters, giving them more reality than a Hollywood film would think necessary.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 4/4

March 11, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

For those of us who remember when abortions were done with coat hangers and knitting needles ... Vera Drake recalls this era with matter-of-fact directness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2005
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A]bout nothing if not how the realities of women's lives don't always intersect with men's... understanding of reality.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

February 28, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Great acting, but low on drama because of its lack of suspense and avoidance of the toughest moral issues in the abortion debate.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

February 9, 2005
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

Repugnant and morally despisable; and I'm pro-choice.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 5, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A brilliant character study within a detailed snapshot of a moment in English history and society, a perfectly realized environment that makes you forget this is a filmed artifice populated with actors.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 4/4

February 4, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

I'd rather have my heroes less than super, more engaged with the larger world.

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

February 4, 2005
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

With its outstanding, soul-baring central performance by Imelda Stauntan, it's a memorable film that painstakingly creates a truthful and often painful reality.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 3, 2005
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