Philomena ★★★½

I am gonna be honest. I didn't have high expectations from this movie. I thought this would be a weepy, sentimental and sappy drama, with a couple of strong performances. Not my cup of tea. Instead, it turned out to be a thoughtful, emotional, if somewhat a little weepy, but highly touchy dramedy, with two performances that definitely elevate this based-on-facts story. 

Judi Dench is really, really good. And Steve Coogan is having the best year of his career, with The Look of Love and Alpha Papa being two brilliant performances, as well. 

This could have been extremely meandering and slow, instead it is sweet, not at all boring, commentary on religion, plus very charming. I would recommend it any day. It is good to see this nominated. Harvey Weinstein’s usual Oscar season machinations withstanding or not, this is a worthy contender, especially Dench.