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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    McTeer and the transporting music hold you in thrall. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Greenwald is fine at creating the texture of early mountain life but loses her footing by embracing several plot points at once. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    With a half-dozen characters sorting out life's woes, the pacing is a couple of beats faster than languorous — just enough to sustain one's interest. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A good subject has been ill-served by Ms. Greenwald's cliched script and clumsy direction. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Greenwald's film is filled with an infectious love for the region's songs. It could hardly be otherwise, given the level of musical talent she recruited for Songcatcher. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    For a film expressly about an underappreciated culture, there are some boulder-size cliches rolling down these hills. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Perhaps too laden with messages for its own good, but it has many moments of musical beauty, and it's interesting to watch Janet McTeer. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

    Any film about the folk tradition is required to have a stellar soundtrack, and Songcatcher does not disappoint. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    It may not get top billing, but glorious music is the star of Songcatcher, an intriguing and often lovely film. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Essential viewing for anyone who cares about American popular music and its roots. show more

  • March 09, 2012 barbdh
    Report This User

    Good film about mountains of NC and mountain music and folklore.

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