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Philomena Reviews

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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
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
December 22, 2013
After the film ends, it's Philomena's story that sticks. Director Stephen Frears and company should be given credit only for staying out of the real Philomena's way.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 6, 2013
Repeatedly chastises Sixsmith and his kind for packaging human tragedy ... the irony is that Frears' entertaining but thoroughly unchallenging film isn't doing anything remotely different.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 28, 2013
I didn't hate Philomena, but it's a little complacent about its power to touch a middlebrow audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2013
A human-interest story that claims spite for human-interest stories, the film has some pretty divisive issues at its core that leave it torn between contrasting approaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 27, 2013
The movie turns out to be as cynical as its version of Sixsmith.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 21, 2013
With ample blame to go around, a piece of fiction comes up short on facts.
November 15, 2013
(The film's) central story of regret, love and forgiveness is strong, as are the cast members' performances, but the film could have been much stronger with a more nuanced script that doesn't veer so uneasily between comedy and drama, black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 21, 2013
Stephen Frears, no stranger to stirring things up, seems restricted here, unable to make a clear and concise point
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2013
It has no idea whatsoever what tone it wants to adopt towards its subject matter, and even less towards the character of Philomena.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 21, 2013
A witless bore about a ninny and a jerk having one of those dire, heavily staged, only-in-movies odd-couple road trips.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
April 10, 2018
The film loses the most credibility.. near the end.
December 4, 2013
Dench pulls a De Niro here, trading on her legend in the service of a profitable triviality which morphs the tale of a woman's lifetime of regret into a feel-good buddy film offering yuks at the unsophisticated biddy's expense.
November 22, 2013
[Steve] Coogan ... is a brilliant comedy performer who ought to be nowhere near a crowd-pleasing weepie in which a snob learns to have a heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2013
That Philomena or Martin might find solace in such cliched and clearly remembered stories is one thing. That the movie follows suit is another.
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.
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
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