The Magdalene Sisters
The Magdalene Sisters (2003)

A drama which charts several years in the young lives of four "fallen women" who were rejected by their families and abandoned to the mercy of the Catholic Church in 1960's Ireland. While women's liberation is sweeping the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 22, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A typical women-in-prision film made untypical because it's based on real events.

David Rooney

This drama about a shocking reality from recent history balances a light touch with searing intensity and a sense of moral outrage.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The Magdalene Sisters has the force of an alarm being sounded.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A disturbing, heartbreaking and gripping portrait of religious paranoia manifested through violence.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Grimly believable.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

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.

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Time Out

You may never look at a nun the same way again.

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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic

Will make you furious and dejected, but in the end it offers an optimistic if unsettling twist.

James Mottram

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.

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Writer/Director Peter Mullan follows up his surreal and blackly humourous Scottish family drama "Orphans" with this hard-hitting account of the… More
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If you're like me you took one look at the movie poster (or DVD cover) and assumed that <i>The Magdalene Sisters</i> was a sexy Irish comedy or… More
Shauna Robinson
A powerful and unflinching drama from Peter Mullan that will inevitably fascinate yet distress viewers. The film covers an interesting yet terrible period in… More
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A brilliantly acted, very down to Earth story depicting realistic activities within the many of the asylums in Ireland during this era. Horrific circumstances… More
Kylie B
Originally I pegged this as not being interested, but I don't know why as I freely chose to watch it, even over something more 'my thing'. It… More