Morvern Callar Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
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-
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 3, 2004
Morvern Callar is assured and confidently-made, even as the emotions of the title character seem brittle and crystalline.
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
October 24, 2003
"Shocking and exhilarating."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 19, 2003
Morton finds a wealth of nuance in anomie and neurasthenia.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 16, 2003
A mesmerizing conundrum of a suspended life in perpetual motion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 5, 2003
A film about youthful confusion made without a moment of artistic immaturity or indecision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 30, 2003
A character study of such acuity that you'll find yourself thinking about it for days afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 30, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 30, 2003
Maintains your sympathy for this otherwise challenging soul by letting you share her one-room world for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 19, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 18, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 11, 2003
Oddly compelling.
Andy Klein
Dallas Observer
April 11, 2003
Morton uses her face and her body language to bring us Morvern's soul, even though the character is almost completely deadpan.
Top Critic
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2003
As opaque as the movie is, it's redeemed by Ms. Morton's superb, disaffected performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 7, 2003
| Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 30, 2003
a road movie of the psyche
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 28, 2003
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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
August 15, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 25, 2003

Orlando Weekly
April 10, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
March 21, 2003

Guardian
November 19, 2002

FilmFour.com
November 5, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
November 2, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 15, 2002
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