Academy Award®-Winner Judi Dench stars as Philomena, a woman who alongside a grumpy reporter (Steve Coogan) journeys to America to find the child she put up for adoption so many years ago.
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Smart, wrenching, deeply moving drama fine for older teens.
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Fresh: A subtly told tale of tragedy and redemption, with much of the sentimental payoff you're expecting but several intriguing plot twists along the way.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Friday, November 22, 2013
Fresh: At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Fresh: Director Stephen Frears manages to successfully walk the tricky line between comedy and dark drama. It keeps the audience off-kilter a bit, but in a good way; we shouldn't always need to know what's coming next, in terms of tone or plot.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A truly powerful, memorable and deeply moving movie. A true stroy that truly hits you, it has humor and heartbreak. One of the most beautifully character driven and emotionally involved films I have seen in a very longtime. One of 2013's most breathtaking and triumphant motion pictures. Director, Stephen Frears crafts a dynamic and compelling masterwork. It's sharp, very funny and very well characterized film. It delivers superb writing's and glorious acting from its two leads. Judi Dench gives one of her greatest performances, a brilliant and wonderful portrayal full of grace, heart and heroism. Steve Coogan is outstanding, he gives an impressive and strong performance. Coogan and Dench have excellent chemistry together. Coogan also helps pen this delightful script that does not hold back on any of the crueler themes and stays true to its roots. A sheer and beautiful piece of work that's honest, poignant and filled with heart. A truly remarkable, charming and tear-jerking comedic drama. This is certainly one of my new favorite films ever.
- allan913, Monday, April 28, 2014
With amusing moments of humor and good performances by Dench and Coogan, this fine and sad little drama packs some unexpected emotional punches, but there is not much else into it and it is not as challenging and original as it really could have been.
- blacksheepboy, Friday, February 28, 2014