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Songcatcher Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2012
Like the main character, it's stodgy and didactic -- and full of grace and surprises.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 30, 2010
an uneven path, like the mountainous scenery itself
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Dequina
November 9, 2009
Never overcomes its overly familiar story and structure, even with some catchy traditional music generously spread throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
March 27, 2009
Songcatcher unfolds at a leisurely but enjoyable pace, its dramatic contrivances never pushed too hard by director Maggie Greenwald.
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
July 30, 2003
In this exceptional film, mercifully free of the usual warm and fuzzy movie sentimentality, director Maggie Greenwald and her fine cast shatter most hillbilly stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine
June 1, 2003
This slice of trenchant Americana, grabs you by your lapels, churns you up a bit, and soon has you slapping your knees with blissful exuberance
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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
the presentation [of mountain music]evokes its deep emotions and a beauty that comes from life experience, not the pre-packaged pap courtesy of slick marketing types.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Buy the soundtrack. Skip the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Songcatcher is better than 75% of films in theaters today, blending the earthy integrity of the rural poor with the honest performances of a talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Such a lyrical, moving independent film is a rare thing to find; Songcatcher is gorgeously made, perfectly cast and thoroughly engaging.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rachel Deahl
Boxoffice Magazine
November 18, 2002
Though writer/director Maggie Greenwald wraps her story around a wincingly trite yarn ... she keeps her film afloat by focusing on the music. But, when the tunes stop, so does the magic.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Forget the silly plot; see this for the music.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The music, lovingly performed by such paragons as Alison Kraus, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Iris Dement, takes on the importance of a character in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
June 2, 2002
The movie becomes more than just a story about the music, of course, as McTeer's musicologist comes to understand and appreciate the locals' way of life... and maybe there'll be a little romance along the way?
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Promising but ultimately disappointing historically derived fiction.
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
... like its prickly heroine, the film doesn't always achieve its goals ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Such a lyrical, moving independent film is a rare thing to find; Songcatcher is gorgeously made, perfectly cast and thoroughly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 10, 2001
The film is beautifully photographed like a Hallmark tourist postcard...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Rated S, for Soulful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Claire Bickley
Jam! Movies
October 12, 2001
It's Songcatcher's songs, not its story, that linger.
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