Herself Reviews

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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.
January 9, 2021
As is the case with many women like Sandra, it's difficult to draw a line marking the point where woe fades and a promising future blossoms. That understanding gives Herself its bite.
January 9, 2021
The film overall affects in slow, subtle ways, and should bring more attention to director and lead.
January 8, 2021
Herself is actually a considerable step forward for Phyllida Lloyd as a movie director-if her prior efforts in the medium were overblown and artificial, this one has all the unpretentious virtues of kitchen-sink realism.
January 8, 2021
In spite of its predictability, Herself is a gripping tale of abused Dublin wife and mother, co-writer Clare Dunn, who wants to build a future for her children.
January 8, 2021
Bright as well as dark, the film also impresses as a celebration of friendship and as a reminder of the joy that can flow when people help each other.
January 8, 2021
The feel-good movie of a year that, for the most part, did not feel very good at all.
January 8, 2021
Much more than a tale of victimhood, the movie delivers a rousing feminist narrative of discovered agency and pride of self.
January 8, 2021
An inspiring story of inner strength that highlights the importance of community and human goodness... [Full review in Spanish]
January 8, 2021
Gentle, proud but pleading for help, hiding her awful history as she does, we root for Sandra "Herself" so hard it hurts.
January 8, 2021
It's the sort of drama Hollywood used to make in the '70s, a showcase for fine and precisely calibrated performances. It's also Lloyd's best movie to date.
January 8, 2021
Considering how nasty and cruel the world can be, "Herself" brandishes a certain degree of optimism that suggests compassion always trumps fear.
January 8, 2021
It's a little exhausting, but it does generate sympathy for a woman against whom the cards seem to be stacked.
January 8, 2021
[Lloyd] is not afraid of reaching for big emotions, utilizing inspirational needle-drops and montages that show the house coming into existence. But there's something else going on here, something that makes all of this a deeper and more powerful story.
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