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Philomena

comedy, drama


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    92%
  • Audience Score
    89%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    92%
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  • Audience

    89%

Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A remarkable film in every way. The acting was excellent -- a lifetime of pain and regret can been seen in Dench's eyes at certain times. The script was wonderful -- credibly showing different (but equally valid) reactions to unspeakable injustice by two people of different ages, faith experiences, genders, and educational backgrounds. This is one of my favorite films of 2013.

- cchclaw, Sunday, June 29, 2014