| Original Score: A
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.
| Original Score: B
Ramsay's imaginative shot-making gifts make for a sublime result, creating a different sort of magical realism than we're used to seeing.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
In any good film, the opening shot is telling, and Ratcatcher is a very good film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Ratcatcher goes straight to the head.
Ramsay tells much of the story through a series of images, each more marvellous than the last.
There's a light touch in evidence, balancing the bleakness with odd lyrical moments and unexpected humor.
Ratcatcher sears; it is hard to take, hard to shake.
| Original Score: 4/5
A gorgeous blend of beauty and squalor, packed with imagery that will play over and over in your head for weeks.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The bleakness of the material ought to make Ratcatcher a depressing experience, yet Ramsay's power as an image-crafter transforms this grim universe.