The Magdalene Sisters - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Magdalene Sisters Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A disturbing, heartbreaking and gripping portrait of religious paranoia manifested through violence.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 11, 2008
The movie is an indictment of systems that perpetuate oppression and exploitation by making the administrators believe their every cruel act is justified and by compelling complicity in victims and bystanders.
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David Rooney
March 11, 2008
This drama about a shocking reality from recent history balances a light touch with searing intensity and a sense of moral outrage.
March 11, 2008
A damning indictment of the Catholic Church that lingers in the mind long after if ends. Angry, compassionate but never hysterical, this a true cinematic achievement.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 11, 2008
Grimly believable.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
September 27, 2007
This is a riveting piece of drama about a forgotten slice of history, no matter what the esteemed movie critics at the Vatican say about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Magdelene proves to be touching, potent, and incredibly human in its emotional complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A deliberately provocative film that triggers the audience's emotions in order to highlight important issues of personal freedom. Amen to that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
You may never look at a nun the same way again.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
The Magdalene Sisters isn't perfect, but it sheds light on a story that needed to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
Mullan has made a vicious and relentless film, but his outrage is well-earned.
| Original Score: A
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
May 21, 2004
Mullan has done an expert job of creating a harrowing atmosphere without pulling punches or excluding a sharp sense of humor without slipping into bad taste.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 25, 2004
Seething with moral outrage...If Mullan sins, it's that his anger gets the better of him. He sacrifices dramatic flow on the altar of polemics.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 18, 2004
...a powerful, dramatic, moving, dark, and depressing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 15, 2004
Its mode is that of 'a story that needs to be told,' lest we forget the marginalized lessons of history... worth seeing at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
A gut-wrenching expose of the mistreatment of young Irish women at the hands of men, the government and the Catholic Church.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
January 29, 2004
Bracing and potent, though the film's stylistic polish is sometimes tonally counterintuitive
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 27, 2004
A harrowing indictment of the atrocities performed in the name of organized religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Collin Souter
January 24, 2004
Beautifully directed and acted, Mullen's movie seems to be made with the same purpose as last year's Bloody Sunday, that of atonement and catharsis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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