Navigation Bar - Text Links at Bottom of Page

PHILOMENA

 
Links to Sections of this page
At Theaters: 11/27/2013 On Video: 4/15/2014
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 32 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600260
Studio: Weinstein Co.
Subscribers! Add a note to this movie and/or
put it in
to one of your private movie lists.
Notes: 
Storyline Heading
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock -- something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of -- and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith, a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
.
Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - This fact-based drama with comedic moments is aimed at older adults and is basically a two-character showcase for leads Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. There is some mild language and some gay themes that may be of concern to parents, but kids would not be interested anyhow.
TOP
Cast and Crew Heading
Judi Dench THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, SKYFALL
Steve Coogan RUBY SPARKS, WHAT MAISIE KNEW
Sophie Kennedy Clark DARK SHADOWS
Director: Stephen Frears THE QUEEN, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
TOP
Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
TOP
Content Heading
PROFANITY: 4 words; 2 S-words.
SEX/NUDITY: A glimpse of a nude baby.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Banter and verbal humor, sometimes suggestive.
DETAILED CONTENT
TOP





Pictures © Weinstein Co. ®
All Rights Reserved.

Critic's Review Heading
"Philomena" is a story I believe most will find somewhat interesting but not especially entertaining or memorable. And, despite what they say, this is NOT a comedy by any stretch of the imagination. There are, at best, several slightly humorous scenes in the entire film. Much of the time the story is sad and a little depressing, especially when you remember that this is based on true events. Would I (a 50+ male) recommend that you spend ten bucks on a ticket to see this movie? NO, and neither would my wife (I can't tell you her age) who tends to enjoy this type of movie much more than I do. She did feel it would be worth a matinee price for those of you who feel this is a movie you might enjoy.

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Philomena's tale is repeatedly referred to as a "human interest story" and, indeed, that's what it proves to be.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good What appears to be a simple sob fest eventually reveals itself to be a multi-faceted affair: part buddy comedy built upon class distinctions, part road trip adventure, and even part intriguing mystery.

USA Today Full Review
Good Well-written, fascinating story and deft performances make this well worth seeing.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Very Good But at its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

TOP

Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 49 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
30+Adults (M)
9
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
40
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

About Our Opinions

Be sure to read the DETAILED OPINIONS
The positive and negative comments made by moviegoers are very
helpful when selecting a movie that's appropriate for you and your family.

TOP

OPINION GRAPH

OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 49 moviegoers:
Half the males and females loved "PHILOMENA." Almost all the remaining half indicated they enjoyed it very much, rating it above average. A small percentage of the ladies only rated it "Average."

(Use "BACK" On Your Browser To Return To Previous Pages)
|Home|Theaters|Video|TV|

Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.
Contact CinemaReview.com 

InstantKeys – Your #1 source to global news!

Images and Storyline(s) ©Weinstein Co.®,  All Rights Reserved.
Movie Type, Review and Opinions © Cinema Review
  All Rights Reserved.

Find:  HELP!

Google

Google