• 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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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

A challenge more than worth meeting.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

February 3, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

January 28, 2005
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

A low-key yet astonishingly vibrant film that pecks at you like an intense little bird.

| Original Score: A-

January 27, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

[Leigh's] best picture in some time.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 24, 2005
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An excellent film with one of the year's best performances by Imelda Staunton.

| Original Score: A

January 24, 2005
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

The ensemble acting is without a blemish.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 20, 2005

Aside from the performances, which are uniformly excellent, the greatest strength of Mike Leigh's drama is its non-judgmental stance on abortion.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 4/5

January 15, 2005
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

A gently devestating film with a heartbreaking performance by Imelda Staunton.

Full Review Source: Des Moines Register | Original Score: 4/5

January 14, 2005
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

Staunton's method serves Vera Drake so powerfully that a BAFTA must surely beckon.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 75/100

January 4, 2005
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

As in all of Mike Leigh's films, there's not a bad performance in the lot.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 12, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Vera Drake is soul-stirringly good, but it's occasionally a little overt in staging its themes and insights.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B+

December 12, 2004
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

[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.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

November 28, 2004
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

The character of Vera ... is the argument for regarding the issue [of abortion] with an indispensible caring selflessness.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 9/10

November 24, 2004
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

November 20, 2004
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 75/100

November 16, 2004
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 9, 2004
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

This is Staunton's moment in the sun. Her portrayal of the disintegration of Vera's spirit is wrenching.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

November 9, 2004
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide

Imelda Staunton does an excellent job in the title role.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 77/100

November 9, 2004
Jesse Paddock
culturevulture.net

A piercing study...gritty, humane.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

November 8, 2004
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