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Philomena (2013) Movie Information

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Philomena (2013)
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Overall Rank:

1230

Avg. Rating:

2.99/4

# of Ratings:

46

Genres:

Drama

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/27/2013

DVD Release:

04/15/2014

Director:

Stephen Frears

Actors:

Judi Dench
Steve Coogan
Sophie Kennedy Clark
Mare Winningham
Barbara Jefford
Michelle Fairley

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A saavy but world-weary political journalist settles on a story involving a woman looking for the son she was forced to give up after she became pregnant and was relocated to a convent. -- Chris Kavan

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Camper 10/29/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

This one kind of broke my heart a little.

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Matthew Brady 02/16/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

A saavy but world-weary political journalist settles on a story involving a woman looking for the son she was forced to give up after she became pregnant and was relocated to a convent. This movie is heartbreaking and moving. the actors steal the show in this film with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are the highlight of this film.

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Snoogans 12/07/2013 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

'Philomena' tells a heartbreaking true story with strong conviction. Though, the outcome is anything but upbeat, the film still manages to leave a pleasant feeling. Some lighter moments are placed perfectly throughout to highlight the endearing nature of the main character Philomena. This makes the emotional scenes all the more effective. Dench and Coogan are terrific.

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  Chris Kavan
Chris Kavan
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04/09/2014 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Righting Wrongs Is Never Easy

I have a confession to make - and that is, I'm not a fan of "based-on-true-story" films. Often these films are presented in overly-sentimental tones (see Blindside and A Beautiful Mind) or take great liberties with the source material (Braveheart, JFK). Even some of my favorite films in the genre, like Argo or Bridge on the River Kwai, rewrite history. The problem is I tend to over-analyze films I care about, or simply roll my eyes when things get too sickly sweet. While Philomena isn't perfect, it does the remarkable job of presenting the story that is emotional without feeling like it's trying overpower you with sentimentality while at the same time being true to the real story.

Steve Coogan plays a weary Martin Sixsmith - a one-time journalist who has fallen on hard times...

Rating of
3/4 

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  memento_mori
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02/12/2014 (1 of 2 found this helpful)

A bad aftertaste of sentimentality.

To be perfectly truthful, I really wanted to like this film. I mean, I want to like every film and give everything a chance, but the amount of uninteresting plot lines and things we've seen before, including Steven Frears' uninspired direction and the lazy screenplay absolutely overwhelm this movie, and trust me when I say: it's been a long time since I have seen a movie as cheap and unwarranted as Philomena.

It's by no means a terrible movie, but by even lesser means a good one.
I didn't precisely mean to say it was an unwarranted movie, there is plenty of interesting material in the story itself, which I bet is heartbreaking, but the way the director and screenwriter present it makes it as interesting as the shuffle function on my iPod.

A practically empty movie which once again ...

Rating of
2/4 

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