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Philomena


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  Philomena Review
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Starring
Judi Dench , Steve Coogan , Anna Maxwell Martin
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Directed by: Stephen Frears
Written by: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope , based on Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee

 
 
 
Released: 2013
   
Genre: DRAMA
BIOPIC
   
Origin: UK
   
Length: 98
 
 


 
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With Philomena, British producer-writer-star Steve Coogan and director Stephen Frears hit double blackjack, finding a true-life tale that would enable them to simultaneously attack Catholics and Republicans. There’s no other purpose to the movie, so if 90 minutes of organized hate brings you joy, go and buy your ticket now.
(Kyle Smith, New York Post)
Repeatedly chastises Sixsmith and his kind for packaging human tragedy... The irony is that Frears' entertaining but thoroughly unchallenging film isn't doing anything remotely different.
(Guy Lodge, HitFix)
Philomena may have the best of intentions, but it never shakes off the sense that this is The Magdalene Sisters for the Edna O’Brien crowd, or a Britpic directed at American moviegoers who like their well-acted British fare served with a small garnish of frisson. Dench and Coogan are good together, but the themes are trowelled on, so that occasionally there’s the sense that you have wandered into a sermon about anger and forgiveness with the opportunity for a bit of grandstanding… It’s a little complacent about its power to touch a middlebrow audience.
(Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman on Sunday)

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