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Universal acclaim- based on 34 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. A fierce, brilliant film that breaks (and then mends) your heart.
  2. The rare movie that turns cruelty into art.
  3. See The Magdalene Sisters for its own sake; the performances alone are inspirational. But see it too as an example of how powerful a feature film still can be in the hands of an impassioned filmmaker.
  4. Why was this film made after the homes had already been abolished? One reason, hardly trifling, is that it was made excellently. Thematically, however, it stings -- as a reminder that Catholicism is only one religion that is dominated by males and that this domination is proprietary.
  5. When it comes time for some of the girls to flee, the result is one of the most emotionally satisfying of all prison breaks.
  6. A film of haunting eloquence and justifiable fury.
  7. 70
    Nobody does shrewishness better than McEwan. [8 August 2003, p. 84]

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
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  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 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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