Vera Drake Reviews

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March 10, 2005
For those of us who remember when abortions were done with coat hangers and knitting needles ... Vera Drake recalls this era with matter-of-fact directness.
March 7, 2005
March 5, 2005
February 28, 2005
[A]bout nothing if not how the realities of women's lives don't always intersect with men's... understanding of reality.
February 9, 2005
Great acting, but low on drama because of its lack of suspense and avoidance of the toughest moral issues in the abortion debate.
February 4, 2005
A brilliant character study within a detailed snapshot of a moment in English history and society, a perfectly realized environment that makes you forget this is a filmed artifice populated with actors.
February 4, 2005
I'd rather have my heroes less than super, more engaged with the larger world.
February 3, 2005
With its outstanding, soul-baring central performance by Imelda Stauntan, it's a memorable film that painstakingly creates a truthful and often painful reality.
February 3, 2005
A challenge more than worth meeting.
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.
January 28, 2005
With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work
January 27, 2005
A low-key yet astonishingly vibrant film that pecks at you like an intense little bird.
January 24, 2005
[Leigh's] best picture in some time.
January 24, 2005
January 24, 2005
An excellent film with one of the year's best performances by Imelda Staunton.
January 20, 2005
The ensemble acting is without a blemish.
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.
January 15, 2005
Staunton is terrific, but she is far from the whole show. Leigh has directed a dazzling ensemble of actors with nary a false note among them.
January 15, 2005
January 14, 2005
A gently devestating film with a heartbreaking performance by Imelda Staunton.
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