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Philomena

ages 15+ | 92 % Say It's Worth Your Time

In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena (Judi Dench) became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena's child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son. When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process.


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Rated PG-13 Thematic Elements|Some Strong Language|Sexual References

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  • 5 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Philomena is a touching story "inspired" by a true events, but my wife and I thought the movie tried to force or shove too many controversial political issues into the film. LGBT, Suppressive religious establishments made to look evil or dogmatically suppressive and secretively obstructive. A bit overdone. Otherwise the characters were great.

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  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    “Philomena” is a standard issue little-old-lady tour de force for Oscar winner Judi Dench, but it’s a delicious change of pace for cynical, snarky funnyman Steve Coogan... See Full Review

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  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Philomena makes a winning holiday movie, embodying the ideals of what the season is truly about: forgiveness, kindness and goodwill toward one's fellow man... See Full Review

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    From a story standpoint it's intriguing. But from a content standpoint, I was turned off by a few things. There are some interesting conversations that go on between Dench's character and the journalist she works with regarding the existence of God, etc. There are a few instances of homosexual behavior and scenes of two men kissing (not passionately). There are four total f-words that I noticed including two which were muffled due to the tone of voice.

    There is an interesting story of forgiveness here if you are willing to put yourself through the other stuff. It's not a movie I'd recommend to all people but it had it's moments.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This is a great film. The story is good and the actors do a great job as well.

  • Mature 17+ |

    Acting was outstanding. Much of the dialogue was too soft. Great movie.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ |

    We enjoyed this movie. Good acting, kept your interest. Might be more relevant to the older crowd.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    We liked this a lot. A little googling shows the movie stays very true to the actual story. It addresses some provocative questions surrounding adoption, confidentiality, culpability, religion, forgiveness, etc. Dench is superb in this role. As parents of an adopted son, we related to many of these themes on a personal level.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ |

    Nice story

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    An excellent film with superior performances by the great Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, based on a true story about Philomena Lee who had her out of wedlock child taken from her by the Magdalene sisters in 1955-56 Ireland and her search for that child with the help of British journalist Martin Sixsmith in 2005. A fine example of a 2013 movie that tells a story and gives one renewed faith in movie making for the future.

  • (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    She’s not bitter. She knows she’s sinned in the eyes of the church and has accepted that fate, but what she discovers in her journey is pretty remarkable, made even more amazing, when you realize that this all is based on a true story. This is my pick for a grown-up movie crowd that isn’t interested in dancing snowmen or head-bashing tough guys... See Full Review

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    ...what is really remarkable about this movie are the insights it shares, especially surrounding the crippling power guilt, the way we judge others and how we chose to respond to those who have hurt us. While Philomena is not a particularly religious (or anti-religious) movie, audiences with a spiritual bent will recognize and appreciate the irony of the situations poised in the story... See Full Review

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    More improbable than any fictional story would dare to be, the journey taken by Philomena and Sixsmith is bittersweet and ultimately transcendent. Performances by Dench and Coogan of great sensitivity illuminate this story of a quiet heroine and the man who was lucky enough to learn from her... See Full Review


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