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      Songcatcher

      PG-13 Released Jun 15, 2001 1 hr. 52 min. Drama List
      74% 89 Reviews Tomatometer 77% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score A film about a woman whose drive to pursue the things she believes in leads her on an unexpected path to self-discovery. It is 1907, and musicologist Doctor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) has just been denied a promotion in the male-dominated world of her university. Frustrated and determined to get academic recognition, she heads to Appalachia with a recording device and writing materials. Read More Read Less
      Songcatcher

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      Critics 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.

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      steve d There is not a lot to it and what there is isn't especially interesting. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Frances H Loved the singing, the music, the cinematography, the acting, and everything else about this lovely film. Good to see Pat Caroll again! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/17 Full Review Audience Member Janet McTeer is great and some of the music is nice but overall it is a bit of a bore. Great costumes though Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Not suitable for families. One subplot constitutes an effort to sell Lesbianism to the audience, portraying those who don't accept it as apt to be homicidal, barn-burning, hell-fire-shouting bigots. Hard to escape this agenda these days. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Songcatcher shows the Smokies almost as beautiful as they are in real life. The music shines with perhaps too much polish but is well done and enjoyable. Otherwise, this movie was the most sexist tripe I've seen. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Worth it for the music alone... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader Like the main character, it's stodgy and didactic -- and full of grace and surprises. Apr 24, 2012 Full Review Dennis Harvey Variety Songcatcher unfolds at a leisurely but enjoyable pace, its dramatic contrivances never pushed too hard by director Maggie Greenwald. Mar 27, 2009 Full Review Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle Buy the soundtrack. Skip the film. Rated: 0.5/5 Mar 10, 2003 Full Review Ronni Radner Out Magazine With an infectious soundtrack featuring Emmylou Harris, Songcatcher is an artfully inspirational tale of women's independence during times of turbulent change. May 27, 2022 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B Jan 24, 2013 Full Review John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews an uneven path, like the mountainous scenery itself Rated: C+ Nov 30, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A film about a woman whose drive to pursue the things she believes in leads her on an unexpected path to self-discovery. It is 1907, and musicologist Doctor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) has just been denied a promotion in the male-dominated world of her university. Frustrated and determined to get academic recognition, she heads to Appalachia with a recording device and writing materials.
      Director
      Maggie Greenwald
      Executive Producer
      Caroline Kaplan, Jonathan Sehring
      Screenwriter
      Maggie Greenwald
      Distributor
      Lionsgate Films, Songcather Films LLC
      Production Co
      ErgoArts, Rigas Entertainment, Independent Film Project
      Rating
      PG-13 (Sexual Content|Intense Scene of Childbirth)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 15, 2001, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 6, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $3.1M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby Stereo