I know it's hard to make a movie. And I think it is mean to be mean. So let's be kind.
First of all...Steve Coogan--groovy! You showed us you can act, seriously. You are handsome and expressive and you can play someone hard boiled and real. Fab.
Dame Dench, who the hell doesn't want to look at you? Always a pleasure.
But I have to say...this was a thin script. And if there was a point, I didn't get it. Now look---I like when things have all sorts of points or a loose point, or maybe even no-real-point-but-it's-a-good-ride. But I didn't see any evidence of any of that.
Philomena goes looking for her lost-to-adoption son. I can't reveal anything else because it would spoil the plot, entirely.
Evil nuns, of course, are the problem.
So far, for my time this year, I'm sticking with Gravity. Imax. 3D.
But if you are a Dench or Coogan fan, go for it. It got lots of audience awards at festivals.