A middle-aged mother (Imelda Staunton) secretly works as an abortionist in low-rent London neighborhoods in the 1950s.
" Staunton is heartbreakingly fine. "
" Comes close to ranking with [Leigh's] best work, the searing Naked and the witty Topsy Turvy. "
" One of Leigh's better movies. "
" With Vera Drake, [Leigh] has made his most controversial and accessible work "
" Leigh thinks his movie is a social commentary, but it's really an almost-brilliant character study, with an essential piece left out: the moment Vera is revealed to herself. "
" Staunton is brilliant as Vera. "
" 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. "
" Arguably Leigh's finest achievement, its sole flaw being the too-perfect depiction of Vera -- no fault of Staunton's, who must surely be considered for Oscar recognition. "
" The film is more of a portrait than a story, and as such it is finely wrought and compelling, but the airbrush is overkill. "
" Vera is the heart of the film, and Staunton gives an exquisite performance. "
" Boo, hiss and all that -- but I can report that the film left me only vaguely depressed and nothing more. "
" Mike Leigh, who seemingly has single-handedly revived kitchen-sink realism in modern British movies, hits something of a career high with the marvelous Vera Drake. "
" A film of pitch-perfect, seemingly effortless performances. "
" Vera Drake makes a compelling argument for women's rights without ever succumbing to preachiness. "
" Heartbreaking. "
" Gripping film. "
" [The movie] can break your heart. "
" Gripping and elegantly told. "
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