94 mins
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Judi Dench leads this UK drama directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen), the true story of a single mother in... More

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Philomena | Ratings & Reviews

"Weepies can be risky territory. Get them wrong and you've made bad TV, but get them right and the rewards are yours for the taking. All of which makes Philomena a particularly brave move for Steve Coogan. Never the most natural of straight-men, he gives his most dignified performance yet, in a film he co-scripted, co-produced and generally shepherded to the screen."

Flicks, Matt GlasbyFlicks

"A howl of anti-clerical outrage wrapped in a tea cozy... applies amusing banter and a sheen of good taste to the real-life quest of Philomena Lee."


"Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Watch both actors lean into characters seeking redemption; their clash is invigorating, with a mature payoff that has two minds meeting and getting further along."

Time OutTime Out

"Judi Dench's portrayal ... so quietly moving that it feels lit from within."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"A moving and exhilarating film, and the strange chemistry between Dench and Coogan ferments into a 120-degree proof emotional drama."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Lets viewers spend time with its characters and get to know exactly who's getting hurt. It arrives at an inevitable destination, but the journey is what makes it moving."

The DissolveThe Dissolve

"Stephen Frears returns to top form in a touching, at times funny true story of grave injustice and a mother's search for closure."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

Philomena | Details

Award winner
Best Adapted Screenplay, BAFTAs 2014; Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival 2013
M, Coarse language and mature themes
Drama, True Story & Biography
Country of origin

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