Herself Reviews

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January 22, 2021
Written by the film's luminous star Clare Dunne, and respectfully directed by Phyllida Lloyd, 'Herself' tells the story of Sandra, a working-class Irish woman who has two angelic daughters and a monster for a husband.
January 19, 2021
As Sandra, Clare Dune, who co-wrote the script, is exceptional, registering the spectrum of emotions.
January 17, 2021
A Ken Loach-scale, on-the-whole solid drama with a good central performance.
January 16, 2021
Inspirational Irish drama has domestic abuse, language.
January 16, 2021
It's filled with touching scenes that reflect a mother's resilient devotion to her children as she strives to shape a better life.
January 15, 2021
The film is kept rooted in reality, and this story of literal and figurative rebuilding ended up winning me over...
January 15, 2021
What we have is a very human story that relies on an interesting hook, even if it's a bit of an obvious metaphor.
January 14, 2021
"Herself" is quiet, quality drama...Charming and funny even as it proves unafraid of portraying bleakness, it frames reinvention as a difficult journey, but one whose destination makes it worthwhile.
January 14, 2021
You'll stand with Clare Dunne in this liberating drama.
January 13, 2021
There may be a few too many uplifting montages, but the movie mostly earns its emotional release.
January 12, 2021
[A] perfectly beautiful and very moving movie.
January 12, 2021
It's got a real quiet intensity about it that comes from Clare Dunn's careful, meticulous, beautifully felt performance.
January 12, 2021
Some of the major beats in "Herself" verge on cliché but everything in between rings true thanks to Dunne's steadfast performance and the film's delicate sense of humanity.
January 12, 2021
The sudden acknowledgement that a person you once loved doesn't exist anymore can knock the wind out of you, and Dunne captures that breathless free fall beautifully.
January 12, 2021
A moving, authentic tribute to rebuilding from the ashes, with a little help from your friends.
January 12, 2021
Relatively sweet and inspiring, even though it's not particularly exciting.
January 11, 2021
In the end, this tender drama feels like an Irish proverb spun in light, warning of cruelty and promising care, all with a crisp wit.
January 11, 2021
"Herself" is more honest than most about the PTSD of partner abuse, and in Dunne's nuanced and heartfelt performance we see the inner strength that keeps Sandra going at war with the terror that never goes away.
January 11, 2021
Dunne and Lloyd make this a movie with a message of empowerment for women like Sandra who may think they have no way out. Dunne's performance is desperate, believable and sincere.
January 9, 2021
What Lloyd and the screenplay so nicely spotlight are Sandy's attempts to make a legitimate home for her kids and, as the saying goes, it takes a village. In fact, that might mean at least a couple of Dublin city blocks worth of friends and acquaintances.
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