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Based on 20 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    When it's not awful, it's dull. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Ramsay's child actors are nonprofessionals who can only express what they feel — which gives her film an unusual degree of emotional authenticity. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A grim, poetic, heart-wrenchingly fine ode to the lost children of Glasgow's forgotten class. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    One of the most remarkable English-language feature debuts of recent years. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Fresh, original, and arresting. show more

  • 75
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    A brilliant film by Lynne Ramsay. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Has its moments, but overall the effect is uneven. show more

  • 90
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    Easily the best directorial debut of the year, and possibly the most mature and haunting film to ever come out of Scotland, Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher is a throat-catching masterpiece of lyricism, observation, and stone-cold realism. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    For all its harsh realism, the film flows like a dream, albeit a highly unpleasant one. show more

  • 78
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    An inner-city tragedy that plays its story simply, sorrowfully, and beautifully. show more

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