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Philomena Reviews

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February 1, 2019
Because the tale is so inherently emotional with its subject matter, all you need is a competent director and a couple of crack actors to wheedle that trajectory out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2019
Philomena encompasses so much so adroitly -- it really is a remarkable story -- that we can admire its structure as a film, even as we absorb its sometimes startling facts and as we truly feel for its people.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 2, 2018
The humor is forced and awkward, and the film struggles with the message it is trying to send.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 5, 2018
It is quiet, restrained, unfussy, and has, at its heart, an injustice so grave it will make your blood boil. You will also cry.
August 28, 2018
Bittersweet and smart, Philomena is a character piece that carefully weaves in ugly parts of American and Irish history, a story that's as much about hatred and misused power as it is about faith and forgiveness.
June 22, 2018
Philomena is the surprise hit of the season.
April 10, 2018
The film loses the most credibility.. near the end.
March 6, 2018
The whole thing is something you might read on a Saturday morning on a centre-page spread in the Daily Mail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2018
Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench is miraculous, giving the title character extraordinary depth and resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 3, 2017
Philomena Lee's true-life story and the marvelous movie Philomena raise the same question. What would Jesus do with an unwed mother? I doubt he'd make her do laundry.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
September 6, 2017
Despite its weighty themes, Stephen Frears' film is almost as much a comedy as a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 29, 2017
Dench gives an unwavering performance as a woman who is a survivor, with an impressive ability to forgive even those that don't deserve it.
June 2, 2016
So preoccupied with score-settling, it is frankly rather embarrassing, like that obnoxious relative at Thanksgiving dinner who insists on revisiting each and every perceived slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 10, 2016
The movie is a bit of a puzzle coming from atheist co-writer Steve Coogan and the script grapples with these big questions of religion, class, and justice in a way that's far beyond the typical teary human-interest story.
April 18, 2016
Like Coogan's reporter, you'll want to wrap your arms around Judi Dench's Philomena and take her home. You can't, of course - but Philomena will follow you there anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 5 of 5
March 26, 2015
Dench gives a superb performance as a simple, trusting woman of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 28, 2014
Dench and Cooper could do this stuff in their sleep and keep us entertained, which they do, but it's the nuanced twists and turns in both the characters and the story that elevate the picture beyond the familiar.
April 23, 2014
I'd be a grouch to call the two leads anything but delightful, and they both stretch in directions you mightn't expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 1, 2014
Director Frears handles the story with enough dramatic weight and light comic fare to make "Philomena" a sweet and very compelling human tale...
February 28, 2014
Be not fooled by the marketing materials, which make the film look like an aged-up version of The Trip with Judi Dench in place of Rob Brydon. Philomena is a terrifically made, entertaining work.
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