100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It’s profoundly moving and thoroughly mind provoking, but despite the poignant subject matter, I promise you will not leave Philomena depressed. I’ve seen it twice and felt exhilarated, informed, enriched, absorbed and optimistic both times.
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100

Empire

By Damon Wise
A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel, Philomena is the British film to beat come BAFTA time.
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90

Time

By Mary Corliss
Getting full comic effect from its class-comedy abrasions, Philomena rises to poignancy and profundity as Dench reveals her control of a character stained by the loss of her child and troubled by her suspicion.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Deborah Young
Stephen Frears is in full possession of his filmmaking talent in Philomena, one of his most pulled-together dramas in years.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Catholic Church does not come off well in Philomena, but then, what else is new? And the film isn't so much an indictment of institutional unkindness as it is a story of resilience, resolution - and human kindness.
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88

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
Most of its pleasures come from the way it confounds expectations.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's Dench, showing how faith and hellraising can reside in the same woman, who makes Philomena moving and memorable.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Compelling, poignant and gently funny.
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
It’s an undeniable whopper of a yarn and, coming after a string of middling efforts from Frears, easily the director’s most compulsively watchable picture since “The Queen."
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76 out of 100
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