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Philomena Reviews

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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.
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.
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
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