As bad as it is, it's still strangely watchable. Still entertaining. Like a car accident that you stop, watch, hold up traffic for, and laugh at for its absurdity, only to get off the next exit to pick up your friends and bring them back so they can see it for themselves.
Judi Dench is top notch in this drama about an Irish-Catholic woman searching for the son she had out of wedlock during her teenage years. With the help of a BBC reporter (Coogan) looking for a story to reboot his career, Philomena searches for her son the convent sold to Americans. Based on a true story, people upset the movie criticizes Catholicism may want to ask why the events the movie is based on happened in the first place, almost the same way Philomena does.