Excerpt: Philomena’s contrasting personalities likewise inspire plenty of light and/or awkward moments, ones that Coogan in his co-writer role isn’t afraid to play up. A master comedian capable of inducing breathless bouts of laughter in films like “The Trip,” here he knows how to balance just the right amount of humor into what’s a fairly serious situation.
Excerpt: Star Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope have adapted Sixmith’s book ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’ as an odd couple road movie with flashbacks recalling Peter Mullen’s 2002 Venice Film Festival winner “The Magdalene Sisters.”
Excerpt: There is a slightly misjudged tendency for Frears to turn scenes of introspection into ones in which people just stare off into the middle distance, but Dench is able to say so much with a slight twitch of a cheek that she redeems the film in the times when it doesn’t knowing how to convey what its characters are thinking.
Excerpt: The saving grace is Judi Dench’s performance which never makes her an object of derision, despite the screenplay’s occasional attempts to label her as such. Philomena endures as a model of decency and compassion.
Excerpt: Tackling a heartbreaking story with a light – but never incongruous – touch that reflects its titular character’s outlook on life, this Oscar-nominated drama is a real winner and welcome return to form for its director.