The Unloved
The Unloved (2009)

Two-time Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton's directorial debut THE UNLOVED is a powerful and personal look at the strength and resilience of youth. Morton tells the story of eleven-year-old Lucy (newcomer Molly Windsor) seeking… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Windsor's taciturn and stoic central performance is both haunting and affecting, framed by Morton's deliberate, even stately direction.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Morton shows a remarkable confidence as director of this intensely personal drama, which is loosely based on her own experiences.

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Xan Brooks

The climactic scene, in which Morton's heroine confronts her mum, is one of the most quietly gut-wrenching things I've seen in years.

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Brian Orndorf

As an overall representation of horrors, neglect, and personal solace, it's frustratingly static, often preferring the cool waters of esoteric cinema to something more charged and insightful.

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Philip De Semlyen
Empire Magazine

Poignant, perceptive and unrelenting, this may be bleak, like all great drama, it is ultimately uplifting as well.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Funny, real, poetic and frightening, not the gruelling tract about neglect you might expect.

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Jeremy Heilman

The Unloved is a promising debut for director Morton, but it's sometimes too sensitive where it should be insightful.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

The camera is held at kiddie height, the close-ups are all Lucy's, and the adult world is viewed with deep suspicion as a cold and unforgiving place. It's a tough watch, and justifiably uncompromising.

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Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

This is clearly a very personal film; sensibly sustained through a vérité aesthetic that keeps the narrative potent, but not overbearing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I seriously don't know if there is a more boooring movie out there, but I surely hope I never come across it and stick it out to the end like I did this… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
I watched this yesterday night at the opening in TIFF (Thessaloniki International Film Festival). It's a beautiful, sensitive film that deals with a very… More
Mark Walker
This directorial debut from actress Samantha Morton was first aired on television. Due to it's success, it was subsequently released theatrically and… More
Walter M.
In "The Unloved," her teachers suspect something is seriously wrong with Lucy(Molly Windsor). But their hands are tied until she finally musters the… More