(2004)

Critic Reviews

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100
Variety
Mike Leigh is at the peak of his powers with Vera Drake, a compassionate, morally complex drama that stands easily alongside his best work, "Secrets & Lies" and "Topsy-Turvy."
100
Village Voice
Vera Drake puts the passion in compassion. Building up to a shattering conclusion, Leigh's movie is both outrageously schematic and powerfully humanist.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Stunning and compassionate period drama.
100
The acting is brilliant and Leigh's screenplay - developed through his usual process of improvisation and rehearsal - is very long on compassion, very short on preaching and politics.
90
The English director Mike Leigh's best work in a decade.
88
Rolling Stone
Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
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.
80
Marvellous, though it is smaller in emotional range than such earlier Mike Leigh films as the goofy bourgeois satire "High Hopes" (1988), the candid and piercing "Secrets & Lies" (1996), and the splendid theatrical spectacle "Topsy-Turvy" (1999).
60
Salon.com
When one of the young women Vera attends to nearly dies of complications, the police arrest her -- and the movie goes thud, taking Staunton's performance along with it.
40
Film Threat
The film's screenplay is thick with major lapses in logic, resulting in a story that ultimately makes little sense.

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