Critic Consensus: Suffragette dramatizes an important -- and still painfully relevant -- fact-based story with more than enough craft and sincerity to overcome its flaws.
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as Edith New
as Emmeline Pankhurst
as Violet Cambridge
as Emily Wilding Davison
as Maggie Miller
as Norman Taylor
as Miss Withers
as Miss Samson
as George Watts
as Mrs. Garston
as Male Laundry Worker
as Mrs. Coleman
as Mr. Cummings
as Hugh Ellyn
as Benedict Haughton
as Government Minister
as Superintendant James Burrill
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Critic Reviews for Suffragette
It's a graceful, serious-minded period piece that never quite comes to life, although it tells its story clearly and is at pains to place a sympathetic figure at its centre.
"Suffragette" is a meaningful history lesson, but as a movie, it plays like a slog through history class.
The weight of the entrenched injustices these characters stagger under is enough to keep you on the verge of tears throughout.
An intriguing premise dampened by thin characters and a formulaic story.
Mulligan, in particular, delivers, bringing believability to a role that's quite a stretch, given the transformation her character has to go through from workaday mum to first-wave feminist superhero.
Audience Reviews for Suffragette
Important subject given a dull but worthy treatment. Carey is a highlight, but it just doesn't raise to the levels it could have. Still made me flipping angry though and reminded me why I'm a feminist. I couldn't believe the credits at the end and how long it's taken certain countries to get women the vote. Really timely with the situation in USA today and that Trump thing stripping women of their rights. How did it happen then and how is it still happening now.
A mediocre period film, Suffragette is a historical drama that looks at the English Suffrage movement. After she's asked to testify before a political committee a laundry worker is drawn into the movement to give women the right to vote, but the more involved she gets the closer she comes to losing everything. Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Brendan Gleeson, the cast is pretty strong. However, the writing is rather weak as the plot seems to meander and doesn't have a clear focus. And, the characters are a little underdeveloped. Still, the production values are really good and help to draw the audience into the film. The poor storytelling holds Suffragette back, but it still has a powerful message about the struggles that past generations have faced to gain the freedoms that we enjoy today.
I really wanted to like this film for the importance of what it wants to say, but while it isn't bad, it is too conventional and marred by some clichés and silly plot devices to create suspense - like someone conveniently finding a newspaper with an information that he needs.
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