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This is the story of young mother Sandra who escape her abusive boyfriend and fights back against a broken housing system. She sets out to build her own home and in the process rebuilds her life and re-discovers herself.
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Peter Debruge
"The strongest of the 20 Sundance films I’ve seen so far. It’s small and stars no one that anyone in Hollywood would consider 'bankable,' but I’m convinced this inspirational Dublin-set drama could go all the way"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Kate Erbland
"[It] strikes a fine balance between all of life’s ups and downs (...) [Dunne] is a revelation here, a steady and emotive presence that anchors the film with a lived-in, wholly believable performance."  POS
United StatesUnited States
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter
"The more impressive contribution here is definitely [Dunne's] performance (...) given the script is marbled with too many Anglo-Irish social realist clichés and stippled with melodrama."  NEU
United StatesUnited States
M.N. Miller
Ready Steady Cut
"Clare Dunne gives a resilient and empowering performance in 'Herself' (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
"It’s a relief to see Phyllida Lloyd finally make a decent movie (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Sheila O'Malley
"[Lloyd] is not afraid of reaching for big emotions (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Fionnuala Halligan
"Whenever 'Herself' settles into predictability, the strength of Dunne’s performance pulls that comfortable rug away"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
"This radical fairy tale is destined for great things (...) Virginia Woolf thought women needed a room of their own. This film suggests they need a house (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
Davide Abbatescianni
"An uplifting story of empowerment (...) In summary, Lloyd's piece is convincing and gripping. The themes chosen are pressing and represent an urgent wake-up call, highlighting toxic patriarchy"  POS
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