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Under the Skin Reviews

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Super Reviewer
February 10, 2011
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".
½ December 5, 2007
A raw and occasionally depressing first film with moments of chilling recognition and the film debut of a remarkable young star (Morton).
½ September 29, 2007
Farily interesting, a girl who gets less attention from mother who's life is spiraling out of control.
½ February 27, 2016
There wasn't really a story, it was pretty much just seduction and death. Very minimalist as far as cinematography goes. Other art films such as enter the void are very confusing as you try to decipher through the action, and this movie is the opposite. As you watch you can come up with your own theories about it what means and what the symbolization means as well.
½ April 9, 2014
an occasionally bizarre, occasionally brilliant examination of grief and loss.
January 25, 2013
Bleak at times, but honest, in an artistic yet honest character observation after the death of her mother.
High notes -
Dr - Billy Burke, Carine Adler
Ac - Samantha Morton
June 24, 2012
Sorg, smärta, sex, skuld och sånt.
Super Reviewer
February 10, 2011
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".
½ June 27, 2010
A star turn by Morton isn't enough to salvage the unconvincing plotting.
½ September 23, 2009
Interesting look at grief and the trauma shared between two sisters at the passing of their mother. Unfortunately their relationship is never quite given the attention is deserves.

Full of great performances, most significantly Samantha Morton's first lead role in a feature length film. Her performance is both stunning and daring and excels when given the freedom to experiment with a character.

A great low budget British film, directer Carine Adler shows real potential but for some reason hasn't made a film since this 1997 debut.
July 12, 2009
The story is about a young woman who has a series of sexual encounters to numb the pain of the loss of her mother after she died of cancer. This is a great start for anyone who wants to see Samantha Morton's acting skills. She does an excellent job at being a complete mess of a woman and also being vulnerable at the same time. The film isn't 58 minutes long. It's really more of an hour and 20 or 30 minutes long actually. It's a great film. Overlooked, but really good. I recommend it.
March 16, 2009
Another feminine text. Typical down-to-earth style of British Cinema. It might be new & provoking back in 1997 but kinda cliched & stereotyped for today's standard, though it was already a quality film. However I like Carine Adler's debut [Fever] in the bonus a bit more.
A very wonderful & captivating Samantha Morton.
½ August 15, 2008
...I like the final part after they (the sisters) went through the turmoil in life and having peaceful time near the sea and taking pictures. - it is what life it is. great film.
May 23, 2008
samantha morton phew. sexpot. sigh.
April 6, 2008
this is the kind of film i would like to make..
½ December 5, 2007
A raw and occasionally depressing first film with moments of chilling recognition and the film debut of a remarkable young star (Morton).
November 27, 2007
Morton's indelible screen debut, staking her claim as Britain's most fearless actress. Powerful stuff.
November 4, 2007
if you think this is about casual sex - oh dear
½ September 29, 2007
Farily interesting, a girl who gets less attention from mother who's life is spiraling out of control.
½ August 8, 2007
Powerful, erotic but sometimes disturbing movie about grief and a young woman completely derailing as she explores her sexuality and limits. Not exactly a laugh a minute but absolutely worth checking out.
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