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Under the Skin

Under the Skin (1997)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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Samantha Morton, who soon after this film gained attention for her role in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, makes an impressive feature debut in first time writer-director Carine Adler's bittersweet saga about a troubled woman's uneven progress toward self-realization. Morton plays Iris, a woman who feels ignored by her boyfriend Gary (Matthew Delamere), her self-possessed pregnant sister Rose (Claire Rushbrook), and even her beloved mother (Rita Tushingham). After their mother dies suddenly of

Feb 12, 2002

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In her feature debut, Adler shapes her film gracefully and elicits a scorching no-holds-barred, totally selfless portrayal from Morton.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Morton's Iris keeps going in circles... It's a spooky, movie-dominating performance.

January 1, 2000
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Morton makes Iris real. Every moment she's on screen, the actress forces us to accept Iris as a living, breathing individual.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Although Iris has no idea who she is, Morton is utterly certain, and inhabits her temporarily defeated soul with an ease that knocks you out.

January 1, 2000
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While Ms. Morton embodies the role with furious intensity and with a raw yet waifish presence that brings both Emily Watson and Claire Danes to mind, Ms. Adler directs the film in ways that live up to its title.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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... a raw and occasionally depressing first film with moments of chilling recognition and a remarkable young star.

August 8, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Reminds us what it's like to see an actress go to work when she has a juicy role to play.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

After a promising beginning ... the crux of the story ... is taken for granted and any established empathy for Iris' sad plight dwindles fast.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Adler's portrait of emotional disintegration is in many ways as harrowing as Roman Polanski's Repulsion, thanks in large part to Morton's terrifying performance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Adler's screenplay is excellent; it isn't often that a film takes an insightful look at how people can become unraveled.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It isn't often that a film offers a heroine who is this aggressive, angry and self-punishing, and the filmmaker and her star work in perfect harmony to get at all the complexity behind it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Adler does a remarkable job of conveying the kind of anguished soul sickness that is at a loss for words or conventional expression.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Delightfully freighted with heavy sensuality, some deadpan comedy, and a character whose loneliness should strike a chord in all of us.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

What makes it watchable is the performance from Samantha Morton, who is riveting.

January 1, 2000
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I would not want to spend much time with this Iris, and frankly the 85 minutes Under the Skin runs is longer than anyone should have to spend with her.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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Audience Reviews for Under the Skin

This film was shown last night on UK TV. Unfortunately I missed the first 20 minutes or so but the rest was so good I feel it is still worth commenting on. The film centres around the different reactions of two sisters to their mother's death - don't however get the impression that this is a film to be endured rather than enjoyed. Although the subject matter is serious and the film very emotionally moving, there are flashes of humour throughout and it is not boringly earnest for one moment. I read somewhere that the director is an admirer of Mike Leigh's "Naked". While it is no poor relation, if you appreciate the work of Mike Leigh you would probably also enjoy "Under the Skin".
February 10, 2011

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