A challenge more than worth meeting.
| Original Score: 4/5
Vera seems a figure 'stamped from the dough of human suffering with a heart-shaped cookie knife,' to appropriate Nathanael West's phrase.
| Original Score: 4/4
With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work
| Original Score: 5/5
A low-key yet astonishingly vibrant film that pecks at you like an intense little bird.
| Original Score: A-
[Leigh's] best picture in some time.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An excellent film with one of the year's best performances by Imelda Staunton.
| Original Score: A
The ensemble acting is without a blemish.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Aside from the performances, which are uniformly excellent, the greatest strength of Mike Leigh's drama is its non-judgmental stance on abortion.
A gently devestating film with a heartbreaking performance by Imelda Staunton.
Staunton's method serves Vera Drake so powerfully that a BAFTA must surely beckon.
| Original Score: 75/100
As in all of Mike Leigh's films, there's not a bad performance in the lot.
Vera Drake is soul-stirringly good, but it's occasionally a little overt in staging its themes and insights.
| Original Score: B+
[T]his can't be called naturalism ... Vera has to represent the bad medicine that fills the gap for low-income women, the bad medicine that results inevitably from bad law.
The character of Vera ... is the argument for regarding the issue [of abortion] with an indispensible caring selflessness.
| Original Score: 9/10
Leigh takes the steady pulse of one woman's quietly remarkable life and turns it into one of the most absorbing, memorable films of the year.
I found Vera Drake most interesting in its portrayal of a woman in a crisis, and the subsequent emotional reactions it provokes in her and her family.
Hints about America's future under Bush may theoretically be unearthed in Great Britain's past, or at least the past as catalogued by Mike Leigh in his latest gem.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This is Staunton's moment in the sun. Her portrayal of the disintegration of Vera's spirit is wrenching.
Imelda Staunton does an excellent job in the title role.
| Original Score: 77/100
A piercing study...gritty, humane.