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Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

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  • Summary: A portrait of a back street abortionist in 1950's London.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 100
    The strength of Leigh's film is that it is not a message picture, but a deep and true portrait of these lives.
  2. Stunning and compassionate period drama.
  3. There's nothing harder for an actor to play than a thoroughly good character, and Staunton does it with a dowdy, sublime originality.
  4. 88
    For those who have the patience to become absorbed in this kind of drama, Vera Drake offers a stunningly real character portrait whose image will linger long after the movie has faded.
  5. 80
    The issue may be polarizing, but Vera Drake resonates with such seriousness and truth that it transcends the narrow limitations of polemic.
  6. Expansive, but succinct. Leigh tells a small story and doesn't try to make something huge of it.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    The film's screenplay is thick with major lapses in logic, resulting in a story that ultimately makes little sense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Oct 14, 2011
    9
    A beautiful film with a original and interesting story, with a brilliant performance of Imelda Stauton, a moving film, one of the best movies of 2004.

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