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Vera Drake Reviews

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February 3, 2005
A challenge more than worth meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 28, 2005
With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 27, 2005
A low-key yet astonishingly vibrant film that pecks at you like an intense little bird.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 24, 2005
[Leigh's] best picture in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 24, 2005
An excellent film with one of the year's best performances by Imelda Staunton.
| Original Score: A
January 20, 2005
The ensemble acting is without a blemish.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
January 14, 2005
A gently devestating film with a heartbreaking performance by Imelda Staunton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2005
Staunton's method serves Vera Drake so powerfully that a BAFTA must surely beckon.
| Original Score: 75/100
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
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+
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.
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
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.
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
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
November 9, 2004
This is Staunton's moment in the sun. Her portrayal of the disintegration of Vera's spirit is wrenching.
November 9, 2004
Imelda Staunton does an excellent job in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
November 8, 2004
A piercing study...gritty, humane.
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