SUFFRAGETTE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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suffragetteposter There have been more movies about dogs in the military than there have been about women fighting for their right to vote. Until this very moment, there were more theatrical films about the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983 than there were about suffragettes (there was one, 1986’s Heartbreak Ridge). But now there is Suffragette, the first film ever about the British women who fought a long battle for their right to vote. And it is glorious. It is angry and passionate and defiant. Suffragette is no staid, respectable costume drama, not in the vigor and grit with which it is presented, not in the sheer entertainment value it provides alongside its history lesson, and certainly not in its absolute relevance for today. Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).