• Released
  • November 22, 2013
  • (Limited, Expands 11/27)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 38 min
  • Drama
  • 2,342 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: An Irish journalist helps a woman search for her son, who was taken from her and sold into adoption.

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Critic Ratings

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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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Virtuoso Work of Art

By Bbrothen
A two character movie with deeply poignant and intelligent pathos and humor. Steve Coogan was one of the two starring actors, co-wrote the screen play and was the Executive Producer. He deserves our...

Bring the Kleenex

By kimykennedy
Very much enjoyed the story. Those nuns! Good nuns and very evil horrible nuns. Holy cow. Philomena chose to be happy instead of harboring anger. love it....

Philomena

By Grokker2005
Great movie about what could be a touchy subject, unwed mothers whose children were taken away. Also quite a bit of thought provoking discussion about Catholic teachings about unwed mothers and nuns....

Touching

By purdo96
Dame Judy gives a spectacular performance that anyone with a Roman Catholic grandmother will truly appreciate. This film is the best that BBC films has to offer with great cinematography, solid...

Great acting, but sick subject

By sueperryemail
This will make all the Catholics really agry at the nuns...especially if you went to a Catholic shool...what a ***** that nun was...I was hoping she would fall out of her wheelchair and die!...

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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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