Reviews

Mar 5, 2021
The family scenes are meticulously constructed. Leigh's concern for the fate of his often repressed and damaged characters is genuine and rare.
Jul 13, 2020
A high-quality drama which lays bare one of the great moral conundrums of our time, provoking much thought on the issue of terminated pregnancy without declaring how you should think.
Apr 23, 2019
Cleverly, Leigh has plucked a thorny issue from the past and used it to highlight inequalities that still exist. Leigh, the grandfather of British social cinema, has no time for nostalgia.
Nov 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.
Aug 7, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
Nov 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.
Apr 1, 2006
Dec 6, 2005
Nov 4, 2005
Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
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.
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.
May 4, 2005
Puts a tender human face on this explosive subject.
Apr 13, 2005
Vera Drake succeeds because Leigh is not interested in sloganeering but in looking at the human and moral cost.
Apr 5, 2005
Apr 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.
Mar 29, 2005
Imelda Staunton, a noted British stage actress, gives the best performance of any actress I have seen in the last few years.
Mar 27, 2005
There are few topics that generate more controversy than abortion, yet Mike Leigh's film seems wholly uninterested in courting debate.