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Vera Drake Reviews

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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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 4, 2005
Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
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+
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
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
May 4, 2005
Puts a tender human face on this explosive subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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+
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.
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
March 27, 2005
There are few topics that generate more controversy than abortion, yet Mike Leigh's film seems wholly uninterested in courting debate.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
February 5, 2005
Repugnant and morally despisable; and I'm pro-choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
February 4, 2005
I'd rather have my heroes less than super, more engaged with the larger world.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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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