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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.
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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.
"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.
Maud is just as dull and unimaginative as the film is, which is a shame, because the real-life figures in this fight were never boring.
The British suffragettes of the early 20th century deserve a more honest, grounded depiction than that, and that's what director Sarah Gavron and writer Abi Morgan deliver. Their version of the suffragette movement is violent, thrilling and dirty.
Suffragette paints an interesting portrait of an extremely important historical time, but it's so in-your-face that the point is almost lost amidst the flotsam and jetsam of its melodrama.
It may not have the emotional impact it aims for, but it is still powerful in its own right, thanks largely in part to Carey Mulligan.
The backlash against Suffragette for white-washing history, and against the cast for being tone-deaf, is unfortunate but not unwarranted. The movie is good, but not good enough to rise above its own prejudices.
It's disappointing that a movie made by women and starring some of the best working actresses tackling a large subject couldn't add more to the conversation.
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.
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.
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.
Suffragette is a pedestrian account that fails to be incisive. The screenplay by Abi Morgan paints their experience in broad strokes. These are supposed to be our mothers and daughters, but they aren't human, they're shortcuts to character development that short change a powerful saga. It's interesting to note that Abi Morgan also wrote The Iron Lady which was another narratively weak script. Maud loses her husband, child, job, home, basically everything in her life. She's even thrown in jail and force fed with tubes in a particularly hard to watch scene. On paper, this chronicle should've been a soft sell for today's viewer. It's the ultimate indignity to the struggle of these brave women that you unwittingly start to question Maud's decisions. Was becoming a domestic bomber and arsonist really the correct path? This shouldn't happen in a tale about courageous women fighting for equal rights, but strangely it does.
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