Philomena Synopsis
An Irish journalist helps a woman search for her son, who was taken from her and sold into adoption.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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Just go while it's in the theater

By eeeb1031
Grown up movies written with intelligence, humor and depth don't come along very often. I think Judy Dench is at her best here, which is saying a lot considering her impressive career. Steve Coogan...

Judi Dench is perfection!

By MrsMish
And Coogan is the perfect "straight man." Saw this at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and it was my favorite of the 9 films I saw. Hard to believe the same actress who plays the steely-eyed...

What you should know

By wflamenbaum
A delightfully well balanced and intriguing review of a real set of events. Balanced performances beautifully directed. At the same time both uplifting and reality-checking. Not one moment of...

Beautifully crafted

By SactoMan
My partner and I really enjoyed Philomena. We both are fans of Judy Dench, who is exquisite as Philomena. Cinematography, script, sound, music are expertly crafted. We highly recommend this movie....

EVERY EMOTION IS BROUGHT FORTH IN THIS MOVIE

By reneeh738
I laughed, cried and felt fear in my heart with the balcony scene. I also felt pity and shame that our society could treat young girls this way. Judi Dench is perhaps the most fulfilling actress of...

Philomena

By franmichalski
Love it - laughed, felt her pain . Great cast Steve Coogan was perfect for this role. Dame Judi Dench is perfectin in each and every role she accepts! Thoroghly enjoyed it BRAVO!!!...

WORTH SEEING!!!!

By LGochberg
The film is a charming piece starring Judy Dench. Go, if to only see Ms. Dench play a role totally untypical of her usual characters. Many will take offense at the film because of the role the...

A Wonderful True Life Story

By marty873
Judi Dench is amazing, as always. The story had me on the verge of tears from the first five minutes through to the end. Don't miss it!!!!...

Philomena

By MoviesKathy
Loved the story, though sad, it was told in a way that brought humor to the forefront to break the sadness of the story. Loved the acting and actors....

not sappy- sensational.

By etwichell
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, give terrific performances in this movie based on a true story of an elderly woman finally admitting to having given up a child for adoption 50 years before. Steve Coogan...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic Elements, Some Strong Language and Sexual References
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Smart, wrenching, deeply moving drama fine for older teens.
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