Young women (Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone) undergo physical and psychological torment at an Irish convent run by nuns.
" A story like this one could easily succumb to outraged melodrama, but not only does Mullan keep the drama human-sized, he even leavens it with the humor that one can easily believe had to be summoned to endure such misguided and malicious treatment. "
" 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. "
" A film of haunting eloquence and justifiable fury. "
" Although it's heavy-handed in its emotional button-pushing, The Magdalene Sisters still manages to produce all the reactions the filmmakers want: repulsion, indignation, anger and outrage. "
" The Magdalene Sisters has the force of an alarm being sounded. "
" Definitely one-sided, but still very powerful. "
" Grimly believable. "
" It is a strong, affecting movie about man's ability to twist holiness into horror. "
" Will make you furious and dejected, but in the end it offers an optimistic if unsettling twist. "
" You may never look at a nun the same way again. "
" This drama about a shocking reality from recent history balances a light touch with searing intensity and a sense of moral outrage. "
" A stirring, emotionally galvanizing film, not only due to its shattering subject matter but thanks to Mullan's spot-on eye for casting and fluid, uncoercive style. "
" Harsh and angry, this Oscar-worthy film stages a deliberately paced, thoroughly researched indictment of institutionalized cruelty and the kind of ignorance and hypocrisy that validates and encourages it. "
" Blistering and brilliant work of true-life moral agitprop. "
" Watching the film, you can feel years of real pain. It feels more like gothic documentary than darkly limned fancy. "
" Mr. Mullan's fictional treatment of this subject in The Magdalene Sisters has much to commend. "
" Full of forceful, aching performances. "
" The cast is uniformly fine, particularly smiley-eyed Geraldine McEwan as the avaricious Sister Bridget, and the filmmaking haunting. "
" If The Magdalene Sisters occasionally flirts with cartoonishness, the movie is tempered by Mullan's considerable filmmaking skills. "
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