Ratcatcher (1999)

James' family lives in a poor neighborhood of Glasgow in the late 1970s. While they wait for relocation to a nicer part of town, James makes do with playing by the canal with Margaret Anne and Kenny. Margaret Anne is older, and willing… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics find Ratcatcher to be hauntingly beautiful, though its story is somewhat hard to stomach.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Some may find such wrenching realities shocking, if not reprehensible. Others may glean meaning in their starkness -- a meaning that transcends the film's despair with the power of its truth.

Charles Taylor

Lynne Ramsay bears watching. But when we talk about advances in the art of movies we have to be talking about leaps of feeling, not just leaps of technique.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Gritty yet beautiful coming-of-age film too dark for kids.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Ramsay's imaginative shot-making gifts make for a sublime result, creating a different sort of magical realism than we're used to seeing.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Ratcatcher goes straight to the head.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

This is often a stunningly, grimly beautiful film, but one that leaves a bitter aftertaste.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

In any good film, the opening shot is telling, and Ratcatcher is a very good film.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Ramsay tells much of the story through a series of images, each more marvellous than the last.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

artful and astonishingly beautiful

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A gritty, realistic, sort of depressing movie, but if you like those kinds of dramas, it's really good. I think it was a good movie.
Cassandra Maples
One of the best British films of the nineties, Ratcatcher is a powerful evocation of the uncertainty and surreal nature of childhood. The film also has… More
Lady D'arbanville
This is a film that has always been highly recommended to me and whilst I believe this to be a film that has portrayed a gritty Drama, with a realistic setting… More
Cynthia S.
This movie is very tricky to rate, because the subject matter is so real and human, which automatically gives it a edge over a large number of films. The acting… More
Spencer S.
In the garbage strewn and rat infested streets of 70's Glasglow, there lies the rudimentary cinematic climax: that of poverty. For the young and still… More
Randy Tippy
Casting, directing, cinematography, scripting... <i>Ratcatcher</i> is firing on all cylinders. *NOTE: Even though it is an english language film… More