Critic Consensus: Suffragette dramatizes an important -- and still painfully relevant -- fact-based story with more than enough craft and sincerity to overcome its flaws.
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as Edith New
as Emmeline Pankhurst
as Violet Cambridge
as Emily Wilding Davison
as Maggie Miller
as Norman Taylor
as Miss Withers
as Miss Samson
as George Watts
as Mrs. Garston
as Male Laundry Worker
as Mrs. Coleman
as Mr. Cummings
as Hugh Ellyn
as Benedict Haughton
as Government Minister
as Superintendant James Burrill
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Critic Reviews for Suffragette
"Suffragette" is a meaningful history lesson, but as a movie, it plays like a slog through history class.
The weight of the entrenched injustices these characters stagger under is enough to keep you on the verge of tears throughout.
An intriguing premise dampened by thin characters and a formulaic story.
Mulligan, in particular, delivers, bringing believability to a role that's quite a stretch, given the transformation her character has to go through from workaday mum to first-wave feminist superhero.
Morgan's writing is occasionally pedestrian, but the sweep of the story, the performances and Gavron's vision make up for it.
Audience Reviews for Suffragette
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.
There are too few movies about this topic. British suffragettes, women of every class fight for the right to vote. Brendan Gleeson plays the main detective trying to stop the women's efforts to be heard. Helena Bonham Carter's character has experience with protesting and the support of her pharmacist husband. Anne-Marie Duff's character is a sister factory worker with a teenage daughter who works in a laundry with Carey Mulligan's character. Mulligan's Maud Watts loses her husband, her son, her livelihood, and generally suffers tragically. Meryl Streep's face and name are all over the marketing materials. Streep plays a famous suffragette who rallies the troops through speeches organized at secret locations, though it seems like she appears on film for only five minutes. Maud Watts is at the center as a representative of all women who fought for women's rights despite having very few resources to begin with. Stories like these should be told more often, so perhaps a future filmmaker will succeed with a more finely crafted tale.
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.
|Violet Cambridge:||We break windows, be burn things, because war is the only thing men listen to.|
|Violet Cambridge:||All my life I've done what men told me. Well I can't have that any more.|
|Emmeline Pankhurst:||Votes for Women!|
|Emmeline Pankhurst:||Votes for women!|
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