The Unloved
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Two-time Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton's directorial debut THE UNLOVED is a powerful and personal look at the strength and resilience of youth. Morton tells the story of eleven-year-old Lucy (newcomer Molly Windsor) seeking refuge as a ward of the state from her abusive father (Robert Carlyle). Placed in a tumultuous foster home, Lucy befriends her rebellious teenage roommate Lauren (Lauren Socha), and together they navigate the cold and uncaring world before them. With a screenplay by Tony Grisoni (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS) based on original material by Samantha Morton, THE… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Windsor's taciturn and stoic central performance is both haunting and affecting, framed by Morton's deliberate, even stately direction."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Morton shows a remarkable confidence as director of this intensely personal drama, which is loosely based on her own experiences."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The climactic scene, in which Morton's heroine confronts her mum, is one of the most quietly gut-wrenching things I've seen in years."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Realised with impeccable craftsmanship, Samantha Morton's directorial debut never puts a foot wrong dramatically, although its unflinching stare at a young life stymied by neglect offers little in the way of comfort."
‑ Chris Prince, Sky Movies
"A movie with an important message and is an impressive debut from Morton."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"As an overall representation of horrors, neglect, and personal solace, it's frustratingly static, often preferring the cool waters of esoteric cinema to something more charged and insightful."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Poignant, perceptive and unrelenting, this may be bleak, like all great drama, it is ultimately uplifting as well."
‑ Philip De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"Funny, real, poetic and frightening, not the gruelling tract about neglect you might expect."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's commanding, committed and sometimes too chilly to truly engage, but it's also heartfelt, powerful stuff - especially in Lauren Socha's passionate, painful performance as Lucy's lost-cause roommate."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"Authentic and hyper-real, a reflection of a young girl's inner life that never strays into hysteria."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The Unloved is a promising debut for director Morton, but it's sometimes too sensitive where it should be insightful."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"The camera is held at kiddie height, the close-ups are all Lucy's, and the adult world is viewed with deep suspicion as a cold and unforgiving place. It's a tough watch, and justifiably uncompromising."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"This is clearly a very personal film; sensibly sustained through a vérité aesthetic that keeps the narrative potent, but not overbearing."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
"Actress Samantha Morton's powerful directorial debut is an often painfully sad account of a young girl's experiences."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"A few of the more lyrical touches don't quite come off, but in general this has a visual and dramatic punch that does credit both to its young star and its first-time director."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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