Nicola Dove
Chris Nashawaty
May 11, 2015 AT 08:39 PM EDT

Noble

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
101 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/08/15
performer
Deirdre O'Kane, Sarah Green
director
Stephen Bradley
genre
Biography, Drama

We gave it a B-

If you can get past its clumsy, overstuffed narrative and surprisingly flat lead performance, writer-director Stephen Bradley’s biopic about Irish humanitarian Christina Noble may put a lump in your throat. Sometimes a tear-jerking true story is enough to cover up a multitude of filmmaking sins. Deirdre O’Kane stars as Noble, a brassy, defiant, but strangely monotone modern-day saint who after a lifetime of hard luck (revealed in flashbacks, which are the best part of the picture) heads to Vietnam to open an orphanage for poor street kids whose Dickensian childhoods remind her of her own. It’s all quite moving, but could have been so much more. Bonus for Downton Abbey fans: Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) delivers a nice turn as one of Noble’s deep-pocketed backers. B–

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