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Philomena Reviews

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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.
February 9, 2014
Dench is brilliant as the adult Philomena. In spite of her generally outgoing appearance there is a sadness behind her eyes born of five decades of heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 7, 2014
Despite the glum subject, Coogan and Dench raise plenty of smiles as the unlikeliest of couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2014
Equal parts uplifting tearjerker, odd-couple comedy, and righteous screed against abuse of power in the name of religion
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2014
It's a film with depth, tackling big issues while managing to be an immensely personal story at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 9, 2014
Earns its heartwarming-ness honestly, with Dench and Coogan mouthing the dialogue with utter believability.
January 7, 2014
As much a poignant meditation on motherhood lost as a searing indictment of the Catholic Church's antiquated attitude about what might be in the best interests of an adopted child.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 2, 2014
Dench triumphs in tale of a search for a son
December 27, 2013
Very nicely balanced and unexpectedly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2013
As much a poignant meditation on motherhood lost as a searing indictment of the Catholic Church's antiquated attitude about what might be in the best interests of an adopted child.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 25, 2013
Not only is the film an interesting real-life drama, it also works as a buddy comedy thanks to the versatile performances of both Steve Coogan and Judi Dench.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 24, 2013
A great story as well as the greatest pairing of a male nonbeliever an a female believer since "The African Queen".
December 24, 2013
A beautiful, moving story, directed with unhurried, unforced grace by veteran Stephen Frears (The Queen; High Fidelity). If, at the end of this film, you don't at least get a little misty-eyed, please check your pulse: you might already be dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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