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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
    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
    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
  1. ElizabethK.
    Apr 20, 2006
    This was an awesome movie that showed how pure the music was that the mountain occupants were singing. I thought that the lesbian scences were unnessacary and had no meaning to the story plot. Overall i thought it was a wonderful movie and many other people should join in the joy of the movie Expand
  2. RobertW.
    Nov 25, 2006
    This is a truly awesome film the likes of which I have not seen before. The film portrays such a deep seated belief that this is how it happened wherever the folk song collectors worked whether it be in the appalachian mountains or in deepest english rural communities. A must keep film for all enthusiats of traditional song. Robert Berry, Wiltshire Folk Arts, England. Expand
  3. KathyO.
    Nov 18, 2007
    Simpy very well written.
  4. MovieBuff
    Feb 24, 2006
    A good movie for those who appreciate great music.
  5. Jono
    Apr 1, 2006
    Engrossing and entertaining if not quite delivering a knock out punch. Thoroughly enjoyable performances. Quinn is particular is, as always, a strong screen presence. Collapse
  6. KennethfromGA
    Jun 18, 2007
    Wonderful music, reminded me of my childhood, when my family sang. Its sad that a good movie was ruined because of Hollywood thinking that they have to put a lesbian thing in just to appeal to a vocal minority. Expand
  7. MeganF.
    Jan 21, 2006
    Music was good, extra unnecessary and inappropriate additions.

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