Under the Skin
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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 uneven progress toward self-realization. Morton plays Iris, a woman who feels ignored by her boyfriend Gary (Matthew Delamere), her self-possessed pregnant sister Rose (Claire Rushbrook), and even her beloved mother (Rita Tushingham). After their mother dies suddenly of a brain tumor, Iris falls apart. Tired of a supervisor's hostility, she suddenly… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In her feature debut, Adler shapes her film gracefully and elicits a scorching no-holds-barred, totally selfless portrayal from Morton."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, Film.com
"Reminds us what it's like to see an actress go to work when she has a juicy role to play."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"Adler's screenplay is excellent; it isn't often that a film takes an insightful look at how people can become unraveled."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Delightfully freighted with heavy sensuality, some deadpan comedy, and a character whose loneliness should strike a chord in all of us."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Morton's Iris keeps going in circles... It's a spooky, movie-dominating performance."
‑ John Hartl, Film.com
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"After a promising beginning ... the crux of the story ... is taken for granted and any established empathy for Iris' sad plight dwindles fast."
‑ Jessica Mellor, Empire Magazine
"It isn't often that a film offers a heroine who is this aggressive, angry and self-punishing, and the filmmaker and her star work in perfect harmony to get at all the complexity behind it."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"What makes it watchable is the performance from Samantha Morton, who is riveting."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Morton makes Iris real. Every moment she's on screen, the actress forces us to accept Iris as a living, breathing individual."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"... a raw and occasionally depressing first film with moments of chilling recognition and a remarkable young star."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Adler does a remarkable job of conveying the kind of anguished soul sickness that is at a loss for words or conventional expression."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"I would not want to spend much time with this Iris, and frankly the 85 minutes Under the Skin runs is longer than anyone should have to spend with her."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
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