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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Expansive, but succinct. Leigh tells a small story and doesn't try to make something huge of it. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is the kind of people-driven story that the movies used to give us - before special effects took over. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    As an evocation of English working-class life half a century ago, it feels utterly authentic, and is ennobled -- not too strong a word, I think -- by Imelda Staunton's performance in the title role. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A marvel of character-driven drama that no serious filmgoer should miss. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's difficult to think of another recent film so seamlessly rendered or that envelops an audience so completely in its period authenticity. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The strength of Leigh's film is that it is not a message picture, but a deep and true portrait of these lives. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Among its many excellences, Vera Drake functions superbly as a pure thriller; the last half is reminiscent in structure and detail of Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man." show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The acting is brilliant and Leigh's screenplay - developed through his usual process of improvisation and rehearsal - is very long on compassion, very short on preaching and politics. show more

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