Vera Drake Synopsis
Abortionist Vera Drake in the 1950s.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The strength of Leigh's film is that it is not a message picture, but a deep and true portrait of these lives.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A marvel of character-driven drama that no serious filmgoer should miss.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is the kind of people-driven story that the movies used to give us - before special effects took over.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Stunning and compassionate period drama.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film is startlingly even-handed.
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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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Expansive, but succinct. Leigh tells a small story and doesn't try to make something huge of it.
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Rated R | For depiction of strong thematic material
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Common Sense Media says not for kids Tender, quality presentation of touchy subject.
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