Philomena ★★

"It's like she's lost him all over again."
"That's good, write that down."

I had trouble getting into Philomena. Most of the characters are unlikable or unrelatable in one way or another, and my disinterest with the subject matter made the first act a bit of a bore for me. Eventually, however, due in no small part to Judi Dench's acting talent, I found myself attached to the characters. I thought the critique of the film focusing on the church felt a bit slight—for instance, if this weren't based on a true story what purpose would it serve? But ultimately Philomena is a rather well constructed movie and I think it's more my fault than the film's that I found it less than captivating.

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