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Morvern Callar Reviews

July 19, 2003
Morton finds a wealth of nuance in anomie and neurasthenia.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2003
A mesmerizing conundrum of a suspended life in perpetual motion.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 5, 2003
A film about youthful confusion made without a moment of artistic immaturity or indecision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2003
With little dialogue to assist her -- just the strains of that wonderfully organic music -- [Morton] still manages to suggest the internal struggle, and to slowly reveal a fierce toughness that flies in the face of conventional morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2003
Maintains your sympathy for this otherwise challenging soul by letting you share her one-room world for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 18, 2003
Even if both films are about accidental sinners, Morvern Callar turns out to be a very different, and more difficult, film than Ratcatcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2003
As opaque as the movie is, it's redeemed by Ms. Morton's superb, disaffected performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 4, 2003
With her broad, thinker's forehead, imp's crooked grin and large, deer-in-the-headlights eyes, Morton at first suggests hidden depths within Morvern. But as the film plays on, the character comes off as increasingly shallow and dull.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 28, 2003
This odd, poetic road movie, spiked by jolts of pop music, pretty much takes place in Morton's ever-watchful gaze -- and it's a tribute to the actress, and to her inventive director, that the journey is such a mesmerizing one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2003
Appealing? Not exactly. But Morvern Callar ... is a strange and evocative work that's not easy to dismiss.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 20, 2003
Exceptionally moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 21, 2003
As Morvern, [Morton is] disconcertingly enigmatic, often bordering on catatonic. But she carries the movie effortlessly.
January 31, 2003
Ramsay and Morton fill this character study with poetic force and buoyant feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2003
Too often mistaking obscurity for complexity and moodiness for depth, director Lynn Ramsay squanders an intriguing premise and a layered performance by Samantha Morton.
Read More | Original Score: C-
January 31, 2003
We watch Samantha Morton so closely, with such fascination, because she is able to embody a universe of wounded privacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2003
Ramsay, as in Ratcatcher, remains a filmmaker with an acid viewpoint and a real gift for teasing chilly poetry out of lives and settings that might otherwise seem drab and sordid.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2003
Strange, moody film that could easily have seemed like a willful wallow in the macabre but for the odd truth of Morton's performance and the psychologically penetrating direction of Lynne Ramsay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
The director, Lynne Ramsey, works in the tony austere style of Catherine Breillat and Claire Denis.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 3, 2003
We are accustomed to seeing people do disturbing things in movies, but rare is the movie that convincingly presents the interior life of a cracked mind.
December 20, 2002
A work of astonishing delicacy and force.
December 20, 2002
Flashy, pretentious and as impenetrable as Morvern's thick, working-class Scottish accent.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2002
The wonderfully lush Morvern Callar is pure punk existentialism, and Ms. Ramsay and her co-writer, Liana Dognini, have dramatized the Alan Warner novel, which itself felt like an answer to Irvine Welsh's book Trainspotting.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2002
Morton deserves an Oscar nomination.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
Morvern Callar confirms Lynne Ramsay as an important, original talent in international cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 19, 2002
Strange and beautiful film.
December 10, 2002
The rapport between the Oscar nominee [Morton] and the neophyte [McDermott] seems felt.
October 2, 2002
A dark, quirky road movie that constantly defies expectation.