Poor Cow
Poor Cow (1967)

Young mother Joy is forced to fend for herself when her brutal and uncaring husband, Tom, is put in jail. Joy finds brief happiness with Tom's criminal associate Dave, who proves kind and gentle when she moves in with him, but this… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 5, 1967
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A time-capsule character study of great warmth and compassion.

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TIME Magazine

Despite its scruffy scene and downhill theme, Poor Cow is not really another of England's angry proletarian tragedies. The film tells its story with humanity that is never sentimental and humor that never jokes.

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James Mottram
Total Film

As a portrait of a struggling mum it's spot-on.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

An argument can certainly be made for sex in movies that try to approach seriously the problems of the young; and this one, which begins so frankly with maternity, seems to have become quite nervous about things physical right after the credits came on.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Not a patch upon Loach's best work, largely because he falls into all the usual traps of kitchen sink realism.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Moody, poetic and artful. Another side of Ken Loach.

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Roger Ebert

In the end, the few good moments (as when the girl tends bar, cares for her child and shares confidences with Terence Stamp) are lost in the mess of everything else.

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Variety Staff

Kenneth Loach uses an improvisatory technique in all this, and it largely works. Thesps were given the gist and trend of the dialog, and permitted to embroider it with their own words.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

An early gem from the social realist movement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Interesting older movie. Main character, Joy, manages to be equally sympathetic and unlikeable! You watch this girl make one bad choice after another, yet the… More
Eric Broome
Director Ken Loach's first feature is an insightful but somewhat shapeless portrait of a vivacious young woman (Carol White) struggling to raise a baby in… More