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Subject of Stephen Frears's drama about a women forcibly separated from her child takes on critic who says film is 'hateful' attack on Catholics

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Philomena Lee, the real life subject of the acclaimed forced-adoption drama Philomena, has issued a letter defending the film against accusations that it is "anti-Catholic".

Responding specifically to a review in the New York Post that called the film "hateful and boring", the letter published by Deadline replied directly to the Post's critic, Kyle Smith. "Your review of the movie paints its story as being a condemnation of Catholicism and conservative views. It states that the relationship depicted between Mr Martin Sixsmith and myself comes across as contrived and trite, and funny for all the wrong reasons. Forgive me for saying so, Kyle, but you are incorrect. »

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