• 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

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Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[Ramsay] visually transforms the dreary expanse of dead-end distaste the characters inhabit into a poem of art, music and metaphor.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

March 27, 2003
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Well intentioned but ultimately too aloof and pretentious for its own good.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 27, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Exceptionally moving.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 20, 2003
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A pretentious, random, uninspired, boring, incomplete and entirely unoriginal story.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 3/10

March 19, 2003
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

A mesmerizing cinematic poem from the first frame to the last.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

March 4, 2003

An intriguing premise and bizarre opening show potential, but the film chooses the least interesting direction possible when it veers off on its road trip.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 28, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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As Morvern, [Morton is] disconcertingly enigmatic, often bordering on catatonic. But she carries the movie effortlessly.

February 21, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Ramsay and Morton fill this character study with poetic force and buoyant feeling.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 31, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Too often mistaking obscurity for complexity and moodiness for depth, director Lynn Ramsay squanders an intriguing premise and a layered performance by Samantha Morton.

| Original Score: C-

January 31, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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We watch Samantha Morton so closely, with such fascination, because she is able to embody a universe of wounded privacy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 31, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Ramsay, as in Ratcatcher, remains a filmmaker with an acid viewpoint and a real gift for teasing chilly poetry out of lives and settings that might otherwise seem drab and sordid.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 30, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

I suspect that you'll be as bored watching Morvern Callar as the characters are in it. If you go, pack your knitting needles.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 22, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Morton is] completely unguarded, and every moment is painfully, beautifully genuine.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 20, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Strange, moody film that could easily have seemed like a willful wallow in the macabre but for the odd truth of Morton's performance and the psychologically penetrating direction of Lynne Ramsay.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 17, 2003
Rob Blackwelder

Morton's penetrating but minute expressions of deflected grief are the picture's potent touchstones of emotional veracity...

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 17, 2003
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

There was time on that second round to see the subtleties of Ramsay's portrait of grief.

Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2003
G. Allen Johnson
Film Threat

Ramsay is clearly extraordinarily talented, and based on three short films and two features, here's betting her third feature will be something to behold.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2003
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Credit director Ramsay for taking the sometimes improbable story and making it feel realistic.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 11, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The director, Lynne Ramsey, works in the tony austere style of Catherine Breillat and Claire Denis.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 10, 2003
Michael Agger
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We are accustomed to seeing people do disturbing things in movies, but rare is the movie that convincingly presents the interior life of a cracked mind.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 3, 2003
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