Under the Skin
Under the Skin (1997)

Samantha Morton, who soon after this film gained attention for her role in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, makes an impressive feature debut in first time writer-director Carine Adler's bittersweet saga about a troubled woman's… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

In her feature debut, Adler shapes her film gracefully and elicits a scorching no-holds-barred, totally selfless portrayal from Morton.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
Film.com

Although Iris has no idea who she is, Morton is utterly certain, and inhabits her temporarily defeated soul with an ease that knocks you out.

Stephen Farber
Movieline

Reminds us what it's like to see an actress go to work when she has a juicy role to play.

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John Hartl
Film.com

Morton's Iris keeps going in circles... It's a spooky, movie-dominating performance.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

While Ms. Morton embodies the role with furious intensity and with a raw yet waifish presence that brings both Emily Watson and Claire Danes to mind, Ms. Adler directs the film in ways that live up to its title.

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Jessica Mellor
Empire Magazine

After a promising beginning ... the crux of the story ... is taken for granted and any established empathy for Iris' sad plight dwindles fast.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Morton makes Iris real. Every moment she's on screen, the actress forces us to accept Iris as a living, breathing individual.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a raw and occasionally depressing first film with moments of chilling recognition and a remarkable young star.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Adler's portrait of emotional disintegration is in many ways as harrowing as Roman Polanski's Repulsion, thanks in large part to Morton's terrifying performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
This film was shown last night on UK TV. Unfortunately I missed the first 20 minutes or so but the rest was so good I feel it is still worth commenting on. The… More