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Noble (2015)



Critic Consensus: Noble is undeniably and impassioned, even if it sometimes goes overboard in trying to prove its real-life protagonist lives up to its title.

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They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. This is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam.
PG-13 (for mature thematic material, including some violent and sexual situations)
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Deirdre O'Kane
as Christina Noble
Brendan Coyle
as Gerry Shaw
Gloria Cramer Curtis
as Young Christina
Sarah Greene
as Middle Christina
Nhu Quynh
as Madame Linh
David Mumeni
as Mario Pistolas
Mark Huberman
as David Somers
Ruth Negga
as Joan
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Critic Reviews for Noble

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

Intelligent, sincere and unabashedly goodhearted.

Full Review… | May 8, 2015
Top Critic

A feisty, passionate performance by the Irish actress Deirdre O'Kane gives the inspirational biopic "Noble" a serrated edge of defiance and gumption.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Uneven but nonetheless emotionally gratifying ...

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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[Her] Dickensian childhood provides real intrigue, but writer-director Stephen Bradley portrays the grown-up Noble as a messianic figure, making her philanthropy seem like acts of hubris rather than selflessness.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
Chicago Reader
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A smart, touching, tragic, goofy and surprisingly captivating dramatic biography of Irish children's rights activist Christina Noble.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The real Noble accomplished a lot, but the movie insists on giving her achievements a mystical and mythical dimension ... without the imagination to carry it off.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
AV Club
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"Noble" triumphs! Powerful! Christina Noble's angelic spirit shines bright! Deirdre O'Kane's remarkable performance is mesmerizing. O'Kane is riveting! A victory for the human spirit and one's faith! "Noble" is a glass full, overflowing with emotion. The film brings hope to the homeless, answers to the faithful. An uplifting, heartfelt true story! "Noble" is the true story of Christina Noble, a strong, spirited and determined woman who overcomes adversity and poverty on the streets of Ireland growing up. During her youth, she experiences dreams of Vietnam and understands that her life's calling is in that country. However, in order to fulfill her desire she must first survive impossible odds and struggles no person should experience. The young, determined Christina Noble fights starvation, the early death of her Mother, and an absent and deadbeat father. Facing fears at nearly every turn, young Noble goes to her good place-singing her favorite Doris Day songs to cope. Smartly, she also begins a conversation with God, asking Him why she's been dealt so much, so early in her life. The question can only be found in Vietnam. Arriving in Vietnam near the age of 40, Christina faces opposition from the local authorities as she attempts to improve the plight of the street children in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, the film really transforms into a powerful example of how one person can make a difference in the world. An intriguing and provocative story of hope materializes from Noble's steadfast commitment to her faith in God and the children of Vietnam. The results of Christina Noble's faith, determination and refusal to give up when facing adversity, are staggering on paper and live on even today. Now, go see it on film. Grade: A "Noble" is rated PG-13 with a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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