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Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

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  • Summary: An unflinching and compelling emotional drama, charting several years in the young lives of four "fallen woman" who were rejected by their families and abandoned to the mercy of the Catholic Church in 1960's Ireland. (Miramax Films)
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
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  1. A pungent, powerful film that points an accusing finger not at religious beliefs but at flawed human institutions. It also targets social and cultural mores that are almost medieval in their patriarchal bias against girls and women.
  2. 100
    Although this ain't Hogwarts, there's full-scale witchery being practiced behind Magdalene's locked doors.
  3. Graced with performers who bring a purity of emotion to their work, the film is always dramatically convincing. There is a fundamental air of truth about it, a sense that, horrific though things seem, this is how it must have been.
  4. Its brutal take on living under totalitarian rule periodically suggests Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Mullan makes the authority figures (such as the nun played by Geraldine McEwan) grimly believable, but as in "Orphans," there are times when he doesn't know when to quit.
  5. 80
    Grim, grueling and triumphantly powerful.
  6. 75
    A disturbing and compelling motion picture that depicts the forces that try to suppress the human spirit, and the strength of these girls in overcoming it.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Sells
    70
    Though it has a tendency to leave characters undeveloped and storylines empty, the overall portrait is significant.

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. SarahO.
    Jul 22, 2006
    10
    I was shocked at the abuse that went on in this movie but its one of the best movies I've ever seen.Acting was nothing short then superb I was shocked at the abuse that went on in this movie but its one of the best movies I've ever seen.Acting was nothing short then superb and well done to Peter Mullan. Excellent movie! Expand
  2. chunt
    Oct 6, 2005
    9
    Excellent film- made better by using unknowns....excellent acting....makes me embarassed to be a Catholic....and they did not close until 1998!

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