This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Once again, Pugh carries an entire film. The story is interesting but thin and drags a bit as Room writer Donoghue revisits familiar territory (a mother and child's need to escape an abusive home). I wanted to know more about the all-male council and their vague saint-based agenda. (What are the stakes? Are they all on the same page or not?) The romance is also underdeveloped (Was there any sexual tension before the hookup?) and the soundstage bookends are very high-school stage play (the gimmick worked better in Scenes from a Marriage). Tasty ingredients but needed more time in the oven.