Songcatcher (2001)



Critic Consensus: The story may be a bit too melodramatic, but great performances abound in Songcatcher. The real reason to see the movie, however, is the hypnotic music.

Movie Info

After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life -- a treasure trove of ancient Scots-Irish ballads, songs that have been handed down from generation to generation, preserved intact by the seclusion of the mountains. With the goal of securing her promotion, Lily ventures into the most isolated areas … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and an intense scene of childbirth)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Maggie Greenwald
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2001
Box Office: $1.6M
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as Dr. Lily Penleric

as Viney

as Fate Honeycutt

as Dexter

as Parley

as Deladis

as Professor

as Hilliard

as Reese Kincaid

as Clementine McFarland

as Ambrose McFarland

as Reverend Merriweathe...

as Barn Band Member (Du...

as Barn Band Member (Ba...

as Singer at Barn Dance

as Singer at Barn Dance

as Josie Moore

as Uncle Cratis

as Postman Johnson

as Cyrus Whittle
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Critic Reviews for Songcatcher

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (29)

Like the main character, it's stodgy and didactic -- and full of grace and surprises.

Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Songcatcher unfolds at a leisurely but enjoyable pace, its dramatic contrivances never pushed too hard by director Maggie Greenwald.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

No matter how purely sung, the music keeps getting lost in the melodrama.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A wonderfully crafted movie in a minor key.

August 24, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

an uneven path, like the mountainous scenery itself

Full Review… | November 30, 2010
Old School Reviews

Never overcomes its overly familiar story and structure, even with some catchy traditional music generously spread throughout.

Full Review… | November 9, 2009

Audience Reviews for Songcatcher

Lovely small film with beautiful music.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


The film, about a female music scholar's study of Appalachian mountain music, is slow, but the music is SO worth it.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


Lily always had a wide-eyed stare, no matter what emotion she was showing. There were lots of random events, unrelated to the story line and the movie was fairly predictable overall.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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