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Vera Drake Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 21, 2004
As a character study Vera Drake is coarsely drawn, and as pro-choice polemic, it's both a blunt instrument and a red herring.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
September 25, 2004
Even with his film's solid foundation, Leigh seemingly cannot resist the pulpy histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 11, 2004
Despite all his care and realism, Leigh has neglected to provide a fully satisfying drama.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 5, 2004
A Mike Leigh mistake.
| Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2004
With each whimpering close-up of Vera after her arrest, Leigh comes closer and closer to canonizing her as his Joan of Arc.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
September 18, 2004
It's almost as if a propaganda film made by Planned Parenthood had resurfaced after decades in storage. Timely, it's not.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
February 5, 2005
Repugnant and morally despisable; and I'm pro-choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Charles Taylor
October 7, 2004
Susan has served the point Leigh is making about how easy it is for affluent women to get safe abortions (no kidding) and is no longer of use or interest to him.
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October 11, 2004
Leigh and Staunton seem like prisoners of their own plodding naturalism.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 22, 2004
Earnest, well-acted and suffocating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 28, 2004
Boo, hiss and all that -- but I can report that the film left me only vaguely depressed and nothing more.

E! Online
October 29, 2004
To his credit, director-writer Mike Leigh doesn't inject any moral high ground on a subject that could easily feel one-sided. But he doesn't give Staunton a full range of material to work with either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 3, 2005
A challenge more than worth meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 28, 2005
With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 4, 2005
I'd rather have my heroes less than super, more engaged with the larger world.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2004
A film of pitch-perfect, seemingly effortless performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
October 19, 2004
For those who have the patience to become absorbed in this kind of drama, Vera Drake offers a stunningly real character portrait whose image will linger long after the movie has faded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 1, 2004
[The movie] can break your heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 27, 2004
The film feels full and alive, and a best-actress Oscar nomination for Staunton would be a justified award for the achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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