Songcatcher (2001)

After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 29, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The story may be a bit too melodramatic, but great performances abound in Songcatcher. The real reason to see the movie, however, is the hypnotic music.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Like the main character, it's stodgy and didactic -- and full of grace and surprises.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A wonderfully crafted movie in a minor key.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

an uneven path, like the mountainous scenery itself

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Dennis Harvey

Songcatcher unfolds at a leisurely but enjoyable pace, its dramatic contrivances never pushed too hard by director Maggie Greenwald.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Tall, big-boned Janet McTeer ... is the ideal actress to play Lily Penleric.

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Michael Dequina

Never overcomes its overly familiar story and structure, even with some catchy traditional music generously spread throughout.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

No matter how purely sung, the music keeps getting lost in the melodrama.

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Paul Clinton (

A beautifully crafted story about a time and place rarely captured on film.

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Frank Lovece
TV Guide

In this exceptional film, mercifully free of the usual warm and fuzzy movie sentimentality, director Maggie Greenwald and her fine cast shatter most hillbilly stereotypes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Lovely small film with beautiful music.
Cindy I
The film, about a female music scholar's study of Appalachian mountain music, is slow, but the music is SO worth it.
Dannielle Albert
Lily always had a wide-eyed stare, no matter what emotion she was showing. There were lots of random events, unrelated to the story line and the movie was… More