Vera Drake Reviews

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Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today
November 10, 2006
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

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
November 4, 2005
Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 21, 2005
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.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
June 20, 2005
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 | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 13, 2005
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 7, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Puts a tender human face on this explosive subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
Vera Drake succeeds because Leigh is not interested in sloganeering but in looking at the human and moral cost.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film Threat
April 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
April 5, 2005
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 29, 2005
Imelda Staunton, a noted British stage actress, gives the best performance of any actress I have seen in the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 27, 2005
There are few topics that generate more controversy than abortion, yet Mike Leigh's film seems wholly uninterested in courting debate.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 11, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 10, 2005
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

Independent
March 7, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
February 27, 2009
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
January 15, 2005
An exceptional breadth of context and compassion is evident here, though the film is as much a triumph of production design as it is of acting, writing and direction.

Film Comment Magazine
January 15, 2005
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 29, 2004

Boston Phoenix
October 23, 2004
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