Metacritic Movie Ratings
Philomena Reviews

4.0

76

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 90

    out of 100

    TimeMary Corliss

    Getting full comic effect from its class-comedy abrasions, Philomena rises to poignancy and profundity as Dench reveals her control of a character stained by the loss of her child and troubled by her suspicion.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterDeborah Young

    Stephen Frears is in full possession of his filmmaking talent in Philomena, one of his most pulled-together dramas in years.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBill Zwecker

    Director Steven Frears deserves special mention. A lesser filmmaker could so easily have turned this project into mushy, sentimental junk. The tear-jerking moments here are heartfelt and real. It’s the kind of filmmaking we see too little of today.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Compelling, poignant and gently funny.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    VarietyJustin Chang

    It’s an undeniable whopper of a yarn and, coming after a string of middling efforts from Frears, easily the director’s most compulsively watchable picture since “The Queen."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Mr. Coogan, lavishly talented as a comic, and a comic actor, is fairly monotonous in the mostly serious role he wrote for himself. That leaves Ms. Dench to carry the picture, which she does, up to a point, with her usual delicacy and grace.

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