Philomena Reviews

August 29, 2019
It's intelligently written and genuinely performed, even if the film is rather visually banal.
August 27, 2019
Philomena is kind of a tough sell. It's not a feel-good holiday picture or a tour-de-force acting showcase destined to be christened with Oscar kisses. All the movie has to offer is the fact that it's really, really good.
July 4, 2019
Director Stephen Frears overplays his hand occasionally, but the film is balanced by some fine performances and a delicate script by Coogan.
June 7, 2019
Surprisingly harrowing at times, the film avoids becoming an overwrought melodrama through the balance in characterisation between Martin's cynicism and Philomena's faith.
April 17, 2019
Ultimately, Philomena is a film about faith, family and and forgiveness, making it perfect holiday viewing.
April 9, 2019
The film's tone is bittersweet, with Philomena's deep-seated regret propelling the duo's journey forward at a gentle glide.
March 14, 2019
Philomena is another Oscar-nominated film which features an older woman, and it left me frustrated...
March 6, 2019
Give Dame Judi the damn Oscar
March 6, 2019
Dench is undoubtedly Philomena's shining light, pouring warmth and heart into the film's remorse-racked heroine. Unfortunately, however, neither Coogan nor his script prove anything like her equals.
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.
January 19, 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.
November 3, 2018
The humor is forced and awkward, and the film struggles with the message it is trying to send.
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 11, 2018
The film loses the most credibility.. near the end.
March 7, 2018
The whole thing is something you might read on a Saturday morning on a centre-page spread in the Daily Mail.
January 26, 2018
Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench is miraculous, giving the title character extraordinary depth and resonance.
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.
September 6, 2017
Despite its weighty themes, Stephen Frears' film is almost as much a comedy as a drama.