Herself Reviews

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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 12, 2021
[A] perfectly beautiful and very moving movie.
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
Herself ticks off all the standard boxes of restoring faith in humanity, but it is a temporary and unmemorable high.
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 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 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.
January 8, 2021
Little details add a lot of richness to the story.
January 7, 2021
As trite as "Herself" is in plot and emotional beats, what makes it worthwhile are the performances, which are all stellar
January 7, 2021
Dunne is a remarkably vulnerable actress... and her pain becomes ours.
January 6, 2021
This Irish drama has major turns that are riveting, powerful and unexpected, but most of it is rather flat and sentimental.
January 5, 2021
Dunne performance is quietly assured; Sandra's strength may waver, but it never falters. You root for her. You root for the movie, something that Lloyd purposely makes difficult to do at times.
January 4, 2021
For the most part, Dunne achieves her goals as a writer, social commentator, women's advocate and soul-searching actress. Her intelligence and creativity are a certain sign of good things to come.
December 31, 2020
Herself bulks far larger than any would-be blockbuster with a shriveled spirit if measured by depth of feeling, sheer delight and genuine surprise, even shock.
December 30, 2020
For the most part, "Herself," with its easygoing bonhomie and coterie of solid performances, allows one to look past the narrative's guardrail dents until a regrettable late swerve toward jarring punishment.
December 30, 2020
This is a feminist movie with a Sisyphean dimension that's disquietingly universal.
December 28, 2020
...cannot escape its own somewhat mundane self-set contours.
December 22, 2020
[T]hanks to Dunne's quietly powerful performance as a single mother barely treading water, the end result is an effective, affecting look at community triumphing over fear.
November 20, 2020
The film may get by on a great deal of presumed audience goodwill. But I felt my arm being twisted - and resisted.
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