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Ratcatcher Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Gritty yet beautiful coming-of-age film too dark for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

June 14, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

This is often a stunningly, grimly beautiful film, but one that leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 30, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Some may find such wrenching realities shocking, if not reprehensible. Others may glean meaning in their starkness -- a meaning that transcends the film's despair with the power of its truth.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

July 21, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

artful and astonishingly beautiful

| Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Writer-director Ramsay has a deft touch throughout: Her actors all seem natural, and her occasional touches of magic realism...help to soften the blows of squalor.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 21, 2004
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Ratcatcher is an inner-city tragedy that plays its story simply, sorrowfully, and beautifully.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 10, 2003
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Done so deftly, with such a exquisitely poetic touch and keen understanding of the paradoxical coexistence of filth and beauty in the world, that you can forgive some of its narrative triteness.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 22, 2002
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Difficult but rewarding

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

September 13, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Ramsay's imaginative shot-making gifts make for a sublime result, creating a different sort of magical realism than we're used to seeing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 15, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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In any good film, the opening shot is telling, and Ratcatcher is a very good film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 22, 2002
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

A surprisingly assured and highly original directorial debut.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 5, 2002
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Lynne Ramsay bears watching. But when we talk about advances in the art of movies we have to be talking about leaps of feeling, not just leaps of technique.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 19, 2001
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

William Eadie's acting helps make this drama an enlightening and intense experience.

Full Review Source: Compuserve

November 13, 2001
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Ratcatcher goes straight to the head.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

October 19, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A film of high quality.

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

October 9, 2001
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine

Ramsay seems intent on jettisoning anything which might arouse the slightest interest.

Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2001
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As bleak as the story is, what makes this drama so compelling is Ramsay's ability to interrupt it periodically with moments of almost whimsical fantasy.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An unforgettable, haunting film with a daring immediacy that finds poetry in ugliness and decay.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 26, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Ramsay tells much of the story through a series of images, each more marvellous than the last.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

February 23, 2001
Rod Armstrong
Reel.com

Ramsay wisely inserts some moments of grace into the lives of her young characters, and these shifts make for some memorable moments.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 17, 2001
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