Morvern Callar Reviews

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Arthur Lazere
October 10, 2002
Fails in making this character understandable, in getting under her skin, in exploring motivation...Well before the end, the film grows as dull as its characters, about whose fate it is hard to care.
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
March 27, 2003
Well intentioned but ultimately too aloof and pretentious for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
December 20, 2002
Flashy, pretentious and as impenetrable as Morvern's thick, working-class Scottish accent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 31, 2003
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-
February 28, 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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
John A. Nesbit
December 31, 2002
turns a potentially interesting idea into an excruciating film school experience that plays better only for the film's publicists or for people who take as many drugs as the film's characters
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 1, 2003
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 22, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 19, 2003
A pretentious, random, uninspired, boring, incomplete and entirely unoriginal story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 23, 2002
A portrait of alienation so perfect, it will certainly succeed in alienating most viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2003
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
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 16, 2003
You'll wonder how Morvern got that way. So why didn't Ramsay?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 31, 2003
We watch Samantha Morton so closely, with such fascination, because she is able to embody a universe of wounded privacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 19, 2002
Strange and beautiful film.
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
Brian Orndorf
March 27, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 20, 2003
[Morton is] completely unguarded, and every moment is painfully, beautifully genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
December 14, 2002
Recalls quiet freak-outs like L'Avventura and Repulsion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
September 16, 2002
Lynne Ramsey's follow-up to her terrific debut feature Ratcatcher, holds up remarkably well in comparison, even if it doesn't quite surpass its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2002
Morvern rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 15, 2002
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Alexander Walker
This is London
November 2, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
March 21, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
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April 10, 2003
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August 15, 2003
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July 21, 2005
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