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Total Film | Philomena Review


Dench, drawing on her own Irish family background, scores another acting tour de force, pitch-perfect in her accent and lacing Philomena’s naivety with an innate shrewdness. Coogan, meanwhile, tones down the Partridge mannerisms to give a portrayal of unexpected depth.

Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling. Blending comedy and tragedy, it secretes a potent sting.

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