Under the Skin Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 8, 2002
... a raw and occasionally depressing first film with moments of chilling recognition and a remarkable young star.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 28, 2002
Reminds us what it's like to see an actress go to work when she has a juicy role to play.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
In her feature debut, Adler shapes her film gracefully and elicits a scorching no-holds-barred, totally selfless portrayal from Morton.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Morton makes Iris real. Every moment she's on screen, the actress forces us to accept Iris as a living, breathing individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Made with a novelist's eye for detail and a quietly impassioned visual flair.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Morton's Iris keeps going in circles... It's a spooky, movie-dominating performance.
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January 1, 2000
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.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
What makes it watchable is the performance from Samantha Morton, who is riveting.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Delightfully freighted with heavy sensuality, some deadpan comedy, and a character whose loneliness should strike a chord in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Adler does a remarkable job of conveying the kind of anguished soul sickness that is at a loss for words or conventional expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Adler's screenplay is excellent; it isn't often that a film takes an insightful look at how people can become unraveled.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It is buoyed by an unflinching performance from newcomer Samantha Morton, a young British actress who is willing to expose not only her body but her inner being as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine
January 2, 2003
In what is one of the great "woman-descends-into-madness" flicks alongside "Repulsion," Morton is never less than searing.

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
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