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Based on 24 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Despite grim doings involving sexual hysteria and chopped-up body parts (don't ask), Ramsay and Morton fill this character study with poetic force and buoyant feeling. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Strange, moody film. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    (Morton's) character here is emotionally mute -- though Morvern speaks, she can't or won't reveal what's in her heart -- and her performance is brilliant from start to finish. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A gossamer tale about a heavy subject -- a passive creature who slowly emerges as the active author of her own life. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's a smartly surreal little movie, and again shows why, whenever there's a role that calls for an actress who can speak volumes without much dialogue (as in "Minority Report" and "Sweet and Lowdown"), the call goes out to Morton. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I think the answer is right there in the film, but less visible to American viewers because we are less class-conscious than the filmmakers. show more

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Morton deserves an Oscar nomination, but she is unlikely to get one. The movie is too dark and out of the mainstream to impress the conservative fogies who vote for the prizes. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    What gives the movie real flesh and fantasy is the actress playing this part, the incandescent Morton. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Morton acts up a storm, and Ramsay continues her rise as England's hottest young female filmmaker. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With little dialogue to assist her -- just the strains of that wonderfully organic music -- she still manages to suggest the internal struggle, and to slowly reveal a fierce toughness that flies in the face of conventional morality. show more

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