The Magdalene Sisters
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The Magdalene Sisters
One of the Catholic Church's most infamous institutions is the focus of this controversial independent feature from Scottish actor and erstwhile director Peter Mullan. Set in 1964, The Magdalene Sisters hones in on the Magdalene convent, a place where purportedly wayward young women have been sent by their families for reform. Many of the girls are locked up in the institution for questionable "sins," and the movie presents several of them as case studies: Margaret (Anne-Marie Duff), who is sent away after being sexually assaulted by a cousin at a wedding; Rose (Dorothy Duffy)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This drama about a shocking reality from recent history balances a light touch with searing intensity and a sense of moral outrage."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"The Magdalene Sisters has the force of an alarm being sounded."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A disturbing, heartbreaking and gripping portrait of religious paranoia manifested through violence."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is a riveting piece of drama about a forgotten slice of history, no matter what the esteemed movie critics at the Vatican say about it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The Magdalene Sisters isn't perfect, but it sheds light on a story that needed to be told."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Grimly believable."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Why was this film made after the homes had already been abolished? One reason, hardly trifling, is that it was made excellently. Thematically, however, it stings."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The movie is an indictment of systems that perpetuate oppression and exploitation by making the administrators believe their every cruel act is justified and by compelling complicity in victims and bystanders."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Magdelene proves to be touching, potent, and incredibly human in its emotional complexity."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Mullan has made a vicious and relentless film, but his outrage is well-earned."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"You may never look at a nun the same way again."
‑ , Time Out
"Will make you furious and dejected, but in the end it offers an optimistic if unsettling twist."
‑ Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic
"A damning indictment of the Catholic Church that lingers in the mind long after if ends. Angry, compassionate but never hysterical, this a true cinematic achievement."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"A deliberately provocative film that triggers the audience's emotions in order to highlight important issues of personal freedom. Amen to that."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Mullan has done an expert job of creating a harrowing atmosphere without pulling punches or excluding a sharp sense of humor without slipping into bad taste."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
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