The Magdalene Sisters Reviews

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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
Grimly believable.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
You may never look at a nun the same way again.
September 5, 2003
The Magdalene Sisters has the force of an alarm being sounded.
September 3, 2003
Why was this film made after the homes had already been abolished? One reason, hardly trifling, is that it was made excellently. Thematically, however, it stings.
August 28, 2003
Will make you furious and dejected, but in the end it offers an optimistic if unsettling twist.
August 22, 2003
If The Magdalene Sisters occasionally flirts with cartoonishness, the movie is tempered by Mullan's considerable filmmaking skills.
August 22, 2003
It is a strong, affecting movie about man's ability to twist holiness into horror.
August 22, 2003
A story like this one could easily succumb to outraged melodrama, but not only does Mullan keep the drama human-sized, he even leavens it with the humor that one can easily believe had to be summoned to endure such misguided and malicious treatment.
August 22, 2003
Full of forceful, aching performances.
August 21, 2003
Although it's heavy-handed in its emotional button-pushing, The Magdalene Sisters still manages to produce all the reactions the filmmakers want: repulsion, indignation, anger and outrage.
August 21, 2003
Mr. Mullan's fictional treatment of this subject in The Magdalene Sisters has much to commend.
August 17, 2003
Definitely one-sided, but still very powerful.
August 15, 2003
Watching the film, you can feel years of real pain. It feels more like gothic documentary than darkly limned fancy.
August 15, 2003
A stirring, emotionally galvanizing film, not only due to its shattering subject matter but thanks to Mullan's spot-on eye for casting and fluid, uncoercive style.
August 15, 2003
The cast is uniformly fine, particularly smiley-eyed Geraldine McEwan as the avaricious Sister Bridget, and the filmmaking haunting.
August 15, 2003
A film of haunting eloquence and justifiable fury.
August 15, 2003
Blistering and brilliant work of true-life moral agitprop.
August 15, 2003
A harrowing look at institutional cruelty.
August 15, 2003
An intense expose with bits of acrid humor.
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