Vera Drake
Vera Drake (2004)

Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 10, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a piercingly powerful performance by Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake brings teeming humanity to the controversial subject of abortion.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Vera Drake makes a compelling argument for women's rights without ever succumbing to preachiness.

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Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine

The heroine of Mike Leigh's wonderfully subtle and relentlessly harrowing new film is a cheerful, compactly built middle-aged woman who spends her waking hours in perpetual motion.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

All the actors so completely fade away that you come out of the film thinking you've seen the real people, not players reciting a script.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Staunton is brilliant as Vera.

Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today

In a hopelessly polarized debate, Leigh allows us to see real people involved in real situations. The film will keep people on either side of the abortion debates talking.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

[The movie] can break your heart.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Comes close to ranking with [Leigh's] best work, the searing Naked and the witty Topsy Turvy.

Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Word "great" doesn't do justice to what Imelda Staunton delivers with her performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A captivating, impromptu film, directed by Mike Leigh, who takes chances and weaves together a narrative about the lives of the downtrodden working Irish… More
jay nixon
Imelda Staunton is simply astounding in the title role. A master thespian, as for the picture it is well made but too grim to be enjoyable. A worthy effiort but… More
Daniel Perry
In this film Mike Leigh gives us a powerful story of a true working class hero that is at once an indictment and an endorsement of the stereotypical British… More
Craig Sutcliffe
<u><b>Directed by:</u></b> Mike Leigh. <u><b>Starring:</u></b> Imelda Staunton, Eddie Marsan, Philip Davis.… More
Bruce Bruce
This is a little slow to begin with but soon you will find that Imelda Staunton who plays Vera Drake Captures your heart and you can't shut it off, her… More
Jennifer Xu
omg imelda staunton is such a SWEETHEART!! this very sweet movie broke my heart.