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.
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
Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
Imelda Staunton delivers an indelible performance as a woman with a frighteningly simplistic idea of the world and how to live in it.
| Original Score: B+
Moralmente complexo, está longe de representar uma experiência 'satisfatória' para o espectador, que sairá emocionalmente esgotado do cinema. Isto o engrandece ainda mais.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Puts a tender human face on this explosive subject.
Vera Drake succeeds because Leigh is not interested in sloganeering but in looking at the human and moral cost.
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.
Imelda Staunton, a noted British stage actress, gives the best performance of any actress I have seen in the last few years.
| Original Score: A
There are few topics that generate more controversy than abortion, yet Mike Leigh's film seems wholly uninterested in courting debate.
Leigh takes time to show us the daily lives of all characters, giving them more reality than a Hollywood film would think necessary.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
[A]bout nothing if not how the realities of women's lives don't always intersect with men's... understanding of reality.
Great acting, but low on drama because of its lack of suspense and avoidance of the toughest moral issues in the abortion debate.
| Original Score: B
Repugnant and morally despisable; and I'm pro-choice.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
I'd rather have my heroes less than super, more engaged with the larger world.
| Original Score: A-
With its outstanding, soul-baring central performance by Imelda Stauntan, it's a memorable film that painstakingly creates a truthful and often painful reality.