• 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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Arthur Lazere

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

October 10, 2002
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
Jan Stuart
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Flashy, pretentious and as impenetrable as Morvern's thick, working-class Scottish accent.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

December 20, 2002
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

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
John A. Nesbit

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 Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 0.5/5

December 31, 2002
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
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
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A portrait of alienation so perfect, it will certainly succeed in alienating most viewers.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

December 23, 2002
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
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
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
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Strange and beautiful film.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 19, 2002
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
Brian Orndorf

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 7/10

March 27, 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
Christopher Null

Recalls quiet freak-outs like L'Avventura and Repulsion.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 14, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

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 Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Morvern rocks.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

December 16, 2002
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
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September 15, 2002
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October 18, 2008
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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Orlando Weekly
April 10, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 25, 2003

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July 2, 2003

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August 15, 2003

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July 21, 2005
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