Vera Drake Reviews

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March 7, 2005
January 28, 2005
With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work
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.
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.
November 1, 2004
[The movie] can break your heart.
October 29, 2004
Vera Drake makes a compelling argument for women's rights without ever succumbing to preachiness.
October 29, 2004
Staunton is brilliant as Vera.
October 29, 2004
Gripping and elegantly told.
October 29, 2004
Comes close to ranking with [Leigh's] best work, the searing Naked and the witty Topsy Turvy.
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.
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.
October 22, 2004
Vera is the heart of the film, and Staunton gives an exquisite performance.
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.
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.
October 22, 2004
One of Leigh's better movies.
October 22, 2004
Gripping film.
October 22, 2004
A film of pitch-perfect, seemingly effortless performances.
October 22, 2004
Heartbreaking.
October 22, 2004
A carefully calibrated parable that quietly sneaks into your heart and prods it sharply.
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