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Vera Drake Reviews

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Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
The heroine of Mike Leigh's wonderfully subtle and relentlessly harrowing new film is a cheerful, compactly built middle-aged woman who spends her waking hours in perpetual motion.
Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today
November 10, 2006
In a hopelessly polarized debate, Leigh allows us to see real people involved in real situations. The film will keep people on either side of the abortion debates talking.
| Original Score: 4/4
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
November 4, 2005
Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 21, 2005
Staunton lends the role of Vera a great emotional complexity, eschewing any facile moral response to the social and sexual issues at the heart of the film.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
June 20, 2005
Imelda Staunton delivers an indelible performance as a woman with a frighteningly simplistic idea of the world and how to live in it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 13, 2005
Moralmente complexo, está longe de representar uma experiência 'satisfatória' para o espectador, que sairá emocionalmente esgotado do cinema. Isto o engrandece ainda mais.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 7, 2005
La película confirma a Mike Leigh como uno de los mejores representantes del cine británico, y a Imelda Staunton como una de sus mejores actrices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Puts a tender human face on this explosive subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
Vera Drake succeeds because Leigh is not interested in sloganeering but in looking at the human and moral cost.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
April 5, 2005
Despite an occasionally hampering pace, Vera Drake is worth [it] because of its impeccably conceived and acted characters and the moral quagmire they present us with.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 29, 2005
Imelda Staunton, a noted British stage actress, gives the best performance of any actress I have seen in the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 27, 2005
There are few topics that generate more controversy than abortion, yet Mike Leigh's film seems wholly uninterested in courting debate.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 11, 2005
Leigh takes time to show us the daily lives of all characters, giving them more reality than a Hollywood film would think necessary.
| Original Score: 4/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 10, 2005
For those of us who remember when abortions were done with coat hangers and knitting needles ... Vera Drake recalls this era with matter-of-fact directness.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 28, 2005
[A]bout nothing if not how the realities of women's lives don't always intersect with men's... understanding of reality.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 9, 2005
Great acting, but low on drama because of its lack of suspense and avoidance of the toughest moral issues in the abortion debate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
February 5, 2005
Repugnant and morally despisable; and I'm pro-choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 4, 2005
A brilliant character study within a detailed snapshot of a moment in English history and society, a perfectly realized environment that makes you forget this is a filmed artifice populated with actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 4, 2005
I'd rather have my heroes less than super, more engaged with the larger world.
| Original Score: A-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 3, 2005
With its outstanding, soul-baring central performance by Imelda Stauntan, it's a memorable film that painstakingly creates a truthful and often painful reality.
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