Philomena Reviews

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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.
December 23, 2013
Flawless performances and the perfect blend of pathos and humour ensures this is a crowd-pleaser in the best sense of the word.
December 23, 2013
Lovingly crafted and beautifully told, Philomena is one of this year's highlights.
December 23, 2013
One of the best purely British films of the year.
December 23, 2013
I think this is a really good film. You've got to admire Steve Coogan for the projects he takes on.
December 22, 2013
It's never clear why Martin is the star of Philomena, except that Coogan's sharp tongue is more entertaining than Dench's relentless homily spewing.
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.
December 22, 2013
You are unlikely to see a better British film this year.
December 22, 2013
Dame Judi Dench gives a warm and compelling performance in Philomena, a fact-based drama of maternal love and eternal regrets.
December 22, 2013
Philomena is a heartbreaking, tragic story. It's also a story of hope and faith that survives awful challenges.
December 22, 2013
Philomena is a marvelous little movie, a heartwarming drama with plenty of comedic pathos that features Judi Dench, an incredibly bright, quickwitted woman, playing a simple Irish woman who doesn't get the jokes of her traveling companion.
December 22, 2013
The odd-couple road movie is well-trod territory, so it's a welcome surprise to see it handled as intelligently, deftly and movingly as it is in Stephen Frears' Philomena.
December 22, 2013
[The final act is] a great half hour or so of film -- funny, charming, sad, satisfying -- but the rest of Philomena isn't so up to snuff.
December 22, 2013
What at first seems formulaic comedy gains a deeper resonance as we see how they represent two responses to cruelty and injustice -- first outrage, and with time, eventually, forgiveness.
December 22, 2013
Remarkably, given the very serious subject matter, the film exhibits an infectious comedic flair that never goes too far.
December 19, 2013
A fuddy-duddy, buddy-buddy flick that makes up in sweetness what it lacks in surprise.
December 18, 2013
A story of heartbreak told in the form of an endearing road trip, Philomena allows Judi Dench to prove once again that she is a cinematic treasure.

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.
December 16, 2013
It's an inherently intriguing setup that's employed to consistently watchable effect by director Stephen Frears...
December 14, 2013
Frears uses cinematic tools to convey emotions, memories and the past, with great skill. The screenplay takes us across hurdles and impassible walls, adding to the tension
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