Reviews

Apr 29, 2009
A disturbing, heartbreaking and gripping portrait of religious paranoia manifested through violence.
Mar 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.
Mar 11, 2008
This drama about a shocking reality from recent history balances a light touch with searing intensity and a sense of moral outrage.
Mar 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.
Mar 11, 2008
Grimly believable.
Dec 7, 2007
Sep 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.
Jun 21, 2007
Magdelene proves to be touching, potent, and incredibly human in its emotional complexity.
Dec 30, 2006
A deliberately provocative film that triggers the audience's emotions in order to highlight important issues of personal freedom. Amen to that.
Feb 9, 2006
You may never look at a nun the same way again.
Mar 5, 2005
The Magdalene Sisters isn't perfect, but it sheds light on a story that needed to be told.
Jan 27, 2005
Mullan has made a vicious and relentless film, but his outrage is well-earned.
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.
Mar 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.
Mar 18, 2004
...a powerful, dramatic, moving, dark, and depressing experience.
Feb 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.
Feb 2, 2004
A gut-wrenching expose of the mistreatment of young Irish women at the hands of men, the government and the Catholic Church.
Jan 29, 2004
Bracing and potent, though the film's stylistic polish is sometimes tonally counterintuitive
Jan 27, 2004
A harrowing indictment of the atrocities performed in the name of organized religion.
Jan 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.