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Vera Drake Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 3, 2005
A challenge more than worth meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 3, 2005
Vera seems a figure 'stamped from the dough of human suffering with a heart-shaped cookie knife,' to appropriate Nathanael West's phrase.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 28, 2005
With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work
| Original Score: 5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 27, 2005
A low-key yet astonishingly vibrant film that pecks at you like an intense little bird.
| Original Score: A-
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 24, 2005
[Leigh's] best picture in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 24, 2005
An excellent film with one of the year's best performances by Imelda Staunton.
| Original Score: A
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 20, 2005
The ensemble acting is without a blemish.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Adrian Hennigan
January 15, 2005
Aside from the performances, which are uniformly excellent, the greatest strength of Mike Leigh's drama is its non-judgmental stance on abortion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
January 14, 2005
A gently devestating film with a heartbreaking performance by Imelda Staunton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Utichi
January 4, 2005
Staunton's method serves Vera Drake so powerfully that a BAFTA must surely beckon.
| Original Score: 75/100
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 12, 2004
As in all of Mike Leigh's films, there's not a bad performance in the lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
December 12, 2004
Vera Drake is soul-stirringly good, but it's occasionally a little overt in staging its themes and insights.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Alan Dale
November 28, 2004
[T]his can't be called naturalism ... Vera has to represent the bad medicine that fills the gap for low-income women, the bad medicine that results inevitably from bad law.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 24, 2004
The character of Vera ... is the argument for regarding the issue [of abortion] with an indispensible caring selflessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 20, 2004
Leigh takes the steady pulse of one woman's quietly remarkable life and turns it into one of the most absorbing, memorable films of the year.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
November 16, 2004
I found Vera Drake most interesting in its portrayal of a woman in a crisis, and the subsequent emotional reactions it provokes in her and her family.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 9, 2004
Hints about America's future under Bush may theoretically be unearthed in Great Britain's past, or at least the past as catalogued by Mike Leigh in his latest gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
November 9, 2004
This is Staunton's moment in the sun. Her portrayal of the disintegration of Vera's spirit is wrenching.
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
November 9, 2004
Imelda Staunton does an excellent job in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Jesse Paddock
November 8, 2004
A piercing study...gritty, humane.
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