Ratcatcher Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
June 14, 2012
Gritty yet beautiful coming-of-age film too dark for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 30, 2006
This is often a stunningly, grimly beautiful film, but one that leaves a bitter aftertaste.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 29, 2005
artful and astonishingly beautiful
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
July 21, 2004
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
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Ratcatcher is an inner-city tragedy that plays its story simply, sorrowfully, and beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 22, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 13, 2002
Difficult but rewarding
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
In any good film, the opening shot is telling, and Ratcatcher is a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
A surprisingly assured and highly original directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 19, 2001
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.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
November 13, 2001
William Eadie's acting helps make this drama an enlightening and intense experience.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 19, 2001
Ratcatcher goes straight to the head.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 9, 2001
A film of high quality.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
April 2, 2001
Ramsay seems intent on jettisoning anything which might arouse the slightest interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 2, 2001
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 26, 2001
An unforgettable, haunting film with a daring immediacy that finds poetry in ugliness and decay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 23, 2001
Ramsay tells much of the story through a series of images, each more marvellous than the last.
Rod Armstrong
Reel.com
February 17, 2001
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
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