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Ratcatcher Reviews

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 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
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
Charles Taylor
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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.

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December 19, 2001
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Ratcatcher goes straight to the head.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

October 19, 2001

Hollywood Reporter
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May 12, 2001
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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
David Rooney
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There's a light touch in evidence, balancing the bleakness with odd lyrical moments and unexpected humor.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 7, 2001
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Ratcatcher sears; it is hard to take, hard to shake.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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A gorgeous blend of beauty and squalor, packed with imagery that will play over and over in your head for weeks.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
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The bleakness of the material ought to make Ratcatcher a depressing experience, yet Ramsay's power as an image-crafter transforms this grim universe.

January 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

January 1, 1999
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