First Look International | Release Date: October 13, 2000 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 20 Critics
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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.
88
Fresh, original, and arresting.
88
One of the most remarkable English-language feature debuts of recent years.
80
The bleakness of the material ought to make Ratcatcher a depressing experience, yet Ramsay's power as an image-crafter transforms this grim universe.
75
A grim, poetic, heart-wrenchingly fine ode to the lost children of Glasgow's forgotten class.
75
A brilliant film by Lynne Ramsay.
75
Ramsay's child actors are nonprofessionals who can only express what they feel — which gives her film an unusual degree of emotional authenticity.
75
A sense of claustrophobia emerges, increases and colonizes the film.