Philomena Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 1266

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 48

Theatrical Release Date: 11/27/2013

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/15/2014

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Stephen Frears

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

Plot: 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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Rating of
4/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/02/2019

One of the finest movies of 2013, it's not overbearing or uncomfortably sentimental, and Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are perfect together.

Rating of
3.5/4

Camper - wrote on 10/29/2016

This one kind of broke my heart a little.

Rating of
3.5/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/16/2014

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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Chris Kavan
Chris Kavan
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

Righting Wrongs Is Never Easy

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/09/2014

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 and is …

memento_mori
memento_mori
Producer

Rating of
2/4

A bad aftertaste of sentimentality.

memento_mori - wrote on 02/12/2014

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 …

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