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The title character of Stephen Frears' Philomena is played by Judi Dench. She is an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with...more Critics


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Guilt Trip 2013, now with fewer jokes

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76 out of 100 Metascore®

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OK for kids 15+

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Virtuoso Work of Art by Bbrothen
A two character movie with deeply poignant and intelligent pathos and humor. Steve Coogan was one of the two starring actors, co-wrote the screen play and was...


Bring the Kleenex by kimykennedy
Very much enjoyed the story. Those nuns! Good nuns and very evil horrible nuns. Holy cow. Philomena chose to be happy instead of harboring anger. love...