The Magdalene Sisters Reviews

October 7, 2003
This flick explores the subjugation of promiscuous women at the hands of an order of nuns; if you're looking for fun at the movies, look elsewhere.
September 24, 2003
By not admitting to the humanist complexity that evil regimes are upheld by real people, its horror is distanced and skin deep.
September 15, 2003
Something like a 'Masterpiece Theatre' retread of an old Roger Corman women-in-prison flick...
September 5, 2003
remains far too formulaic to last longer than a passing footnote soon destined for dusty shelves
August 30, 2003
Mullan's film both amplifies and flattens these stories, so they are at once sensational and too intimate, by filling in narrative gaps and detailing scenes of mistreatment and malevolence.
August 22, 2003
Mullan can direct scenes so that your skin crawls while your blood freezes, but his feel for drama is fairly primitive ... and before the movie ends, you may feel bilious from his force-fed revelations.
August 18, 2003
Whatever value the film might have had as an exposé of social sin is undermined by its prejudicial stereotyping of every single nun and priest. Instead of a morally serious film about a corrupt institution… it becomes mere agitprop.
August 4, 2003
Writer/director Peter Mullan clearly feels very strongly about this subject, but his lack of objectivity prevents the film from becoming more than just a one-sided tirade.
August 2, 2003
All in all, a worthy, if dull effort which leaves us feeling we've been assigned to a lecture of limited inspiration.
June 14, 2003
The real-life story behind The Magdalene Sisters is harrowing enough without writer-director Peter Mullan's melodramatic embellishments.
October 7, 2002
Like many lectures on righteousness, it's also painfully dull.
October 1, 2002
We never doubt where Mullan's polemical biases lie, [but] such simplifications rob the movie of much of its dramatic effect.
September 24, 2002
Nuns stomp down hallways like Storm Troopers while the girls are treated to the full Lars von Trier victim package, complete with bloody beatings, sexual assaults, and ugly full-frontal nude scenes.
September 24, 2002
That Magdalene Sisters arrives stateside with the full censure of the Vatican more or less confirms Mullan's job-well-done.