• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Lynne Ramsay
    In Theaters:
    Dec 20, 2002 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 16, 2003
  • Cowboy Pictures


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Morvern Callar Reviews

Page 1 of 5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Samantha Morton's performance recalls Emily Watson's work in Breaking the Waves -- you can't take your eyes off of her.

| Original Score: B-

January 15, 2005
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Morvern Callar is assured and confidently-made, even as the emotions of the title character seem brittle and crystalline.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

March 3, 2004
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

El resultado ha encontrado admiradores y detractores; sin llegar a ninguno de los dos extremos, yo tengo la impresión de que vi una buena película pero no me di cuenta.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total

November 1, 2003
Marcy Dermansky

"Shocking and exhilarating."

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 5/5

October 24, 2003
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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Morton finds a wealth of nuance in anomie and neurasthenia.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A mesmerizing conundrum of a suspended life in perpetual motion.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

July 16, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ramsay is showing us one very particular type of person, a live-for-the-moment young woman who is fascinated by ugliness and pain and who -- like the poet, Terence -- believes nothing human is alien to her.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 6, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A film about youthful confusion made without a moment of artistic immaturity or indecision.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2003
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A character study of such acuity that you'll find yourself thinking about it for days afterward.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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With little dialogue to assist her -- just the strains of that wonderfully organic music -- [Morton] still manages to suggest the internal struggle, and to slowly reveal a fierce toughness that flies in the face of conventional morality.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 30, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Maintains your sympathy for this otherwise challenging soul by letting you share her one-room world for a while.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2003
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

You'll wonder how Morvern got that way. So why didn't Ramsay?

| Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Even if both films are about accidental sinners, Morvern Callar turns out to be a very different, and more difficult, film than Ratcatcher.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2003
Marc Mohan

Oddly compelling.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

April 11, 2003
Andy Klein
Dallas Observer

Morton uses her face and her body language to bring us Morvern's soul, even though the character is almost completely deadpan.

Full Review Source: Dallas Observer

April 11, 2003
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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As opaque as the movie is, it's redeemed by Ms. Morton's superb, disaffected performance.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

April 10, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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With her broad, thinker's forehead, imp's crooked grin and large, deer-in-the-headlights eyes, Morton at first suggests hidden depths within Morvern. But as the film plays on, the character comes off as increasingly shallow and dull.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2003
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

a road movie of the psyche

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

March 30, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This odd, poetic road movie, spiked by jolts of pop music, pretty much takes place in Morton's ever-watchful gaze -- and it's a tribute to the actress, and to her inventive director, that the journey is such a mesmerizing one.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Appealing? Not exactly. But Morvern Callar ... is a strange and evocative work that's not easy to dismiss.

| Original Score: B

March 28, 2003
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