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March 08, 2014
AS usual, short review. Great acting,great photography, but alas,the story is boring. Two stars.
February 25, 2014
February 24, 2014
An excellent film based on a heart-wrenching true story that is made all the more moving by Dame Judi Dench's spot-on performance. This film represents cinema ****** best.
February 16, 2014
one of the best movies ever. I we do not see this movie with and Academy Awared, I will loose faith in the process.
February 14, 2014
"Philomena" pulls at your heartstrings. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan use no gimmicks in their portrayals. Their acting is believable, touching, and amazing! This film, and these two actors, deserve an Oscar! It is an EXCELLENT, unforgettable movie!
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Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling. Blending comedy and tragedy, it secretes a potent sting. Full Review
Director Steven Frears deserves special mention. A lesser filmmaker could so easily have turned this project into mushy, sentimental junk. The tear-jerking moments here are heartfelt and real. It’s the kind of filmmaking we see too little of today. Full Review
Director Stephen Frears, working from a book by the real Martin Sixsmith, isn't about to let the Irish church off the hook for a monstrous (and well-documented) chapter in its history. In flashbacks, he pictures the young Philomena as a sort of proto-Katniss, doing battle with a tyranny of nuns. Full Review
Dench and Coogan's chemistry is undeniably great. In the end, he manages to give her the answers she seeks and she manages to give him a heart. Full Review
Compelling, poignant and gently funny. Full Review