In Her Skin (2011)





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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 … More

Rating: R (for strong disturbing violence, some sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Simone North
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2011
IFC Films


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as Elizabeth Barber

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as David Reid

as Rachel Barber

as Patterson

as Paramedic

as Box Hill Cop

as Richmond Cop

as Missing Persons Boss

as Cate, 8 Years Old

as Ashleigh-Rose, 11 Y...

as Rachel, 11 Years Ol...

as Shoe Shop Keeper

as Fireman

as News Reporter

as Waddell

as Chrissy, 13 Years O...

as Ashleigh-Rose, 8 Ye...

as Rachel, 8 Years Old

as Heather, 5 Years Ol...

as Heather, 9 Years Ol...

as Accountant

as Pregnant Girl with P...

as Policeman #4

as Missing Persons Cop

as Missing Persons Cop

as Missing Persons Cop

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Critic Reviews for In Her Skin

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2011

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.

Full Review… | February 12, 2011

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.

familiar stranger

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....

Cynthia S.

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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