Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Smart, wrenching, deeply moving drama fine for older teens.

PG-13 2013 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 12+

Thoughtful approach to a difficult subject

Before my wife and I saw this, I thought it'd be a cute, reasonably good movie (judging mostly by the poster showing Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in character), but after seeing it, thought it could have been the best picture of 2013. It does take on a shameful chapter in Ireland's history, but it does so in a way that's entertaining, yet realistic. The characters are written in a complex way, and Dench and Coogan bring vitality and depth to Philomena and journalist Martin Sixsmith. Besides entertaining kids 12 and up, it's a great way to open up discussion on the obvious subject of coerced adoptions, but also journalism and politics.

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age 12+

Wonderful film.

I am not sure why I could not give this movie 5 stars - would have. Sweetly funny, thought provoking. An opening to discuss personal and religious values.

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Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 22, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: April 15, 2014
  • Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Studio: BBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: Friendship, History
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

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