Lists: Drama, Biopic, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "A woman searches for her adult son, who taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent."

Overall Ranking: 1323 (Rank from 2013: # 61)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 27.78%
Regular 61.11%
Half-Popped 11.11%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Darren of Movie Reviews 10198(full review)
Patrick Devitt90
The Void88(full review)
Marshall And The Movies88(full review)
Minnesota Man85 - This is one of those films that creeps up on you in ways you least expect it.
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Movie Waffler Eric Hillis80(full review)
David Baruffi80(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Caz of Lets Go To The Movies80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch76 - 'Philomena' is good, but ultimately what holds it back from being great is its own indecision as to what it is. Is it a history-hunting thriller? Is it an artsy tale of the unlikely kinship between two people worlds apart? Or is it period piece with a scathing message for how Irish nunneries conduct themselves? Trying to be all three, as Stephen Frears' latest film does, can only have so much success.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest76
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes71(full review)
Thomas Pollock70
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin70(full review)
Angry Vader70(full review)
Dan O'Neill50(full review)
Aaron Leggo from Critical Critics43(full review)

People Involved

  • Judi Dench (Philomena Lee)
  • Steve Coogan (Martin Sixsmith)
  • Michelle Fairley (Sally Mitchell)
  • Mare Winningham (Mary)
  • Anna Maxwell Martin ()
  • Charlie Murph (Kathleen)
  • Simone Lahbib (Kate Sixsmith)
  • Sophie Kennedy Clark (Young Philomena)
  • Charles Edwards (David)
  • Sean Mahon (Michael Hess)
  • Stephen Frears (Director)