Sean Cordy’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm quite befuddled by it. Is it wanting us to yell at the church or forgive it? What are we supposed to want Philomena to do? The direction and screenplay throw around all of these ideas to cling on just to take us into a new direction leaving it ultimately empty.
But the performances are good and the screenplay is witty enough for the film to be enjoyable, even if it doesn't know where it needs to go.