Under the Skin

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: Carine Adler

REVIEWED: 08-31-98

This mediocre drama is a working-class English take on Waiting for Mr. Goodbar. Samantha Morton does a credible job as Iris, a young woman who tries a turn at sluttiness after the death of her mother, though she probably doesn't have quite the acting skills to pull off a role that has to make up for a rather thin storyline. The plot is mostly an excuse to string together a series of sex scenes and close-ups of Morton's face while she has "feelings." All of the close-ups are hand-held shots, which makes them a little hard to watch, though there are some nicely photographed sequences when the camera is allowed to pull back and expose the cramped quarters in which Iris takes her sexual odyssey. Certainly more engaging than most summer blockbusters, but it never rises to great heights.

--DiGiovanna

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