Vera Drake - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Vera Drake Reviews

January 28, 2005
With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2004
All the actors so completely fade away that you come out of the film thinking you've seen the real people, not players reciting a script.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2004
[The movie] can break your heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2004
Vera Drake makes a compelling argument for women's rights without ever succumbing to preachiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2004
Staunton is brilliant as Vera.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 29, 2004
Gripping and elegantly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 29, 2004
Comes close to ranking with [Leigh's] best work, the searing Naked and the witty Topsy Turvy.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 28, 2004
Boo, hiss and all that -- but I can report that the film left me only vaguely depressed and nothing more.
October 22, 2004
Staunton is heartbreakingly fine.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2004
Leigh thinks his movie is a social commentary, but it's really an almost-brilliant character study, with an essential piece left out: the moment Vera is revealed to herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2004
Vera is the heart of the film, and Staunton gives an exquisite performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2004
Arguably Leigh's finest achievement, its sole flaw being the too-perfect depiction of Vera -- no fault of Staunton's, who must surely be considered for Oscar recognition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2004
The film is more of a portrait than a story, and as such it is finely wrought and compelling, but the airbrush is overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2004
One of Leigh's better movies.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2004
Gripping film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2004
A film of pitch-perfect, seemingly effortless performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2004
Heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2004
A carefully calibrated parable that quietly sneaks into your heart and prods it sharply.
October 21, 2004
This is the kind of people-driven story that the movies used to give us -- before special effects took over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 21, 2004
Ms. Staunton is remarkable in the lead role.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 21, 2004
The question that makes the movie subversive is one it never asks, even though contemporary audiences probably will: Where would women be if we returned to a world like this?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2004
We often praise actors for putting themselves inside the skins and souls of others, but it's a rare performer who becomes a character so uncannily and convincingly that she seems to vanish into the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
October 21, 2004
A prime example of how genuine drama terrifies and uplifts us. It also reveals how controversial subjects can seem fresh and new in the hands of a master director and a great ensemble cast.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 21, 2004
What holds Vera Drake together is Vera herself -- a completely absorbing performance from Staunton.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
October 19, 2004
The film moves assuredly from incident to incident in a way that makes it seem old-fashioned, but pleasingly so.
October 19, 2004
Mike Leigh's devastatingly effective work plunges us into working class, post-war London in 1950.
October 14, 2004
Despite the honest, penetrating and open-faced presence of the distinguished Imelda Staunton in the title role, the film is something of an ordeal.
October 11, 2004
Despite all his care and realism, Leigh has neglected to provide a fully satisfying drama.
October 11, 2004
Leigh and Staunton seem like prisoners of their own plodding naturalism.
October 8, 2004
Vera is given a thoroughly devastating portrayal by Imelda Staunton, in the kind of role that elevates an actress into a lofty realm where those who never knew her suddenly knew it all along.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2004
Vera Drake confirms Leigh's reputation as one of the world's master filmmakers -- and showcases Staunton as one of its great actresses.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2004
Vera Drake is perfect down to the last detail.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2004
Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
October 7, 2004
Vera Drake, a film about a back-street abortionist in 1950 London, is the English director Mike Leigh's best work in a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2004
Building up to a shattering conclusion, Leigh's movie is both outrageously schematic and powerfully humanist.
October 7, 2004
You can almost smell the damp wool and feel the worn china teacups of an exhausted 1950s London in Mike Leigh's stunning and compassionate period drama Vera Drake.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 6, 2004
The movie is all of a piece, and its discipline is part of its meaning.
September 29, 2004
While the drama is emotionally harrowing it's also riveting, profoundly affecting and observed with a real generosity of spirit.
September 9, 2004
It's difficult to think of another recent film so seamlessly rendered or that envelops an audience so completely in its period authenticity.