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A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel, Philomena is the British film to beat come BAFTA time.
Getting full comic effect from its class-comedy abrasions, Philomena rises to poignancy and profundity as Dench reveals her control of a character stained by the loss of her child and troubled by her suspicion.
It's certainly a crowd-pleaser...and something close to a triumph, if not an unqualified one.
Its main focus is the sparky, shifting relationship between its two protagonists and its trump card the startling chemistry between its two main stars.
This is a heartbreaking story – how could it not be? But Frears’ film breaks your heart and then repairs it.
It's a terrifically moving film that has a fitting earthbound feel to it.
Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling. Blending comedy and tragedy, it secretes a potent sting.
Village Voice
The grande dame's performance, alternately goofy and grave, is an absolute tour de force.
It’s an undeniable whopper of a yarn and, coming after a string of middling efforts from Frears, easily the director’s most compulsively watchable picture since “The Queen."
Slant Magazine
A human-interest story that claims spite for human-interest stories, the film has some pretty divisive issues at its core that leave it torn between contrasting approaches.

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