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Suffragette dramatizes an important -- and still painfully relevant -- fact-based story with more than enough craft and sincerity to overcome its flaws. Read critic reviews

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In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause.

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Brendan Gleeson
Inspector Arthur Steed
Anne-Marie Duff
Violet Miller
Ben Whishaw
Sonny Watts
Meryl Streep
Emmeline Pankhurst
Natalie Press
Emily Wilding Davison
Romola Garai
Alice Haughton
Geoff Bell
Norman Taylor
Samuel West
Benedict Haughton
Abi Morgan
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Faye Ward
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Cameron McCracken
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Tessa Ross
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Rose Garnett
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Nik Bower
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James Schamus
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Teresa Moneo
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  • It's not a new Hollywood approach, but it doesn't make it right. It just perpetuates the idea that white women represent all women. Period.

    September 1, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Suffragette is a stirring history lesson, wrapped in a very compelling and intimate film that is riveting, educational and thought provoking.

    March 7, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Some of the most interesting aspects of the suffragette movement are glossed over without examination, and you get the feeling that, while the film is quite decent, an opportunity for something outstanding has been missed.

    December 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a graceful, serious-minded period piece that never quite comes to life, although it tells its story clearly and is at pains to place a sympathetic figure at its centre.

    December 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Suffragette" is a meaningful history lesson, but as a movie, it plays like a slog through history class.

    November 13, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • The weight of the entrenched injustices these characters stagger under is enough to keep you on the verge of tears throughout.

    November 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suffragette

  • Aug 27, 2017
    Important subject given a dull but worthy treatment. Carey is a highlight, but it just doesn't raise to the levels it could have. Still made me flipping angry though and reminded me why I'm a feminist. I couldn't believe the credits at the end and how long it's taken certain countries to get women the vote. Really timely with the situation in USA today and that Trump thing stripping women of their rights. How did it happen then and how is it still happening now.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2016
    A mediocre period film, Suffragette is a historical drama that looks at the English Suffrage movement. After she's asked to testify before a political committee a laundry worker is drawn into the movement to give women the right to vote, but the more involved she gets the closer she comes to losing everything. Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Brendan Gleeson, the cast is pretty strong. However, the writing is rather weak as the plot seems to meander and doesn't have a clear focus. And, the characters are a little underdeveloped. Still, the production values are really good and help to draw the audience into the film. The poor storytelling holds Suffragette back, but it still has a powerful message about the struggles that past generations have faced to gain the freedoms that we enjoy today.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2016
    I really wanted to like this film for the importance of what it wants to say, but while it isn't bad, it is too conventional and marred by some clichés and silly plot devices to create suspense - like someone conveniently finding a newspaper with an information that he needs.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2016
    A worthwhile history lesson, though it could have incorporated more of the wider suffrage movement instead of focusing only on a few characters. It does show Emily Davison (Natalie Press), whose important and drastic action is not often mentioned. People think that western women have had rights for a long time - this film shows how fragile and hard-won those rights are. The acting by Mulligan and the support cast is very good. Pankhurst is depicted as rather arch, and a touch strange - was she? The screenplay at least was inadequate - the woman was a ground breaking political strategist. Casting Streep was a distraction from the main characters. In this era of the fresh drive to put women down, this is an important film because it reminds those of us who value democracy that political freedom and equality can't be taken for granted, that what we have was won at great cost, and that preserving it demands vigilance.
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