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  • Summary: Janet McTeer stars as turn-of-the century musicologist Dr Lily Penleric, and unlikely heroine whose earthy, unstoppable drive leads her to musical, personal and romantic discoveries -- as she uncovers remarkable songs, dances and beats of the heart in the Appalachian mountains. (Lions Gate Films)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    90
    In a film mercifully free of the usual warm and fuzzy movie sentimentality, director Maggie Greenwald and her fine cast shatter most hillbilly stereotypes.
  2. Combines strong feminist sensibilities with surprisingly old-fashioned melodrama.
  3. 80
    McTeer and the transporting music hold you in thrall.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Somewhat sanitized but gorgeous Americana, with another impressive turn by McTeer.
  5. 70
    Best seen as a performance movie, featuring music (by Iris DeMent and Taj Mahal, among others) too wonderful to be overpowered by director Maggie Greenwald's plodding direction and leaden screenplay.
  6. There are mountain tunes as powerful as moonshine to be enjoyed in Songcatcher -- but there's also a mighty mushy heap of corn pone to be swallowed.
  7. It's all infuriatingly simplistic, and the performances help matters little. Quinn and McTeer are wholly uncompelling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20

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