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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 47 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51

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  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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83

Universal acclaim - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    80
    It's difficult to think of another recent film so seamlessly rendered or that envelops an audience so completely in its period authenticity.
  2. 80
    Marvellous, though it is smaller in emotional range than such earlier Mike Leigh films as the goofy bourgeois satire "High Hopes" (1988), the candid and piercing "Secrets & Lies" (1996), and the splendid theatrical spectacle "Topsy-Turvy" (1999).
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    100
    Mike Leigh is at the peak of his powers with Vera Drake, a compassionate, morally complex drama that stands easily alongside his best work, "Secrets & Lies" and "Topsy-Turvy."