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In Her Skin (2011)

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Movie Info

This is a true story: It's what every parent fears: their child not coming home when they're meant to. On the evening of March 1st, 1999 Rachel Barber, a fifteen year old student, doesn't climb off the tram to meet her dad, Mike. Elizabeth, her mother, and Mike bolt into action. This simple action-not coming home on time-is totally out of character. Something had gone wrong-something bad had happened to their daughter. Caroline Reed is nineteen and overwhelmed with self-hatred. Writing to her


Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense

Simone North

Feb 11, 2011

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The first red flag is the opening title card, which reads "This is a true story." The use of "is" rather than "based on" or "inspired by" is a harbinger of the lack of perspective and humility that enables the film's most egregious excesses.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It's on the sloppy side, but the primary textures of alarm are sustained and sharply performed, making for a gut-wrenching viewing experience with a foundation in reality that's too awful to bear.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source:

The makers of In Her Skin must be prepared to cut a check to anyone who ever read, wrote, made, or saw The Lovely Bones.

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for In Her Skin

If it's true that the director claims "the film was made to give Rachel back her voice", I highly doubt that statement. It's more about Caroline than Rachel. And that's fine, but the pretense is offensive (just like a critic pointed out as to disguising the movie out as a true story rather than based on a true story). Apparently, the movie would have been boring had it been only about Rachel's "life", and not focusing on how she met her fate. A chilling story that's not so well told. The performances are okay, and the movie too could have been fine had they tried to tell the story more genuinely than relying more on technical expertise. Overall, just about watchable.
August 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

A well-acted, and disturbing, biodrama about the murder of an innocent teen by her jealous former baby sitter. Bradley excels as the tormented killer, as does Neill as her despondent and helpless father. I saw some reviews labeling this movie strange, and weird. I absolutely was enthralled with how this movie was portrayed. I found it haunting, and moving...maybe because I have daughters, and it hit home some of my deepest fears....
August 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

The acting is terrifyingly bad, it's just so hard to watch these morons obviously are not impatient about finding out their daughter's whereabouts. Despite being inspired by a true story, the film is still very uninventive and boring. This low budget thriller proves films based on true stories can be really dull.
December 8, 2012
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

A gradual buildup of dread and punctuated outbursts of explosive rage mark this disturbing true story adaptation from Australia. What distinguishes In Her Skin from other true crime stories is the unusual identity of the perpetrator and the monstrous method in which they carried out their senseless villainy. I think the less you know about the details of this case beforehand, the more emotional impact this movie will have in the moment, so I will not reveal them. Family unit Miranda Otto & Guy Pearce, who plays against type here, project a palpable combination of determination and desperation, while Ruth Bradley delivers an extremely brave & convincing performance. Her self-loathing rant in front of her father is one of the most powerful scenes I have witnessed in a long time.
September 25, 2011
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    1. Caroline Reid Robertson: Today was the end of my life.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Rachel Barber: If you really wanted to lose weight, you would dance.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Caroline Reid Robertson: It'll be painful, difficult, but I'll change.....I want to be happy.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Caroline Reid Robertson: I used to think of you as my friend and sometimes you hurt me so badly--I wish you were dead!
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Caroline Reid Robertson: I'm suffocating.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Mike Barber: (crying) She's dead! She's dead!
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
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