Claire Dolan (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Claire Dolan (1998)




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Claire is an Irish immigrant who works as a call girl in New York. After her mother dies, she decides to start a new life. She meets a taxi driver named Elton, who says he will pay off her debts if she has his baby. However, Claire knows she can really only rely on herself.


Katrin Cartlidge
as Claire Dolan
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Elton Garrett
Colm Meaney
as Roland Cain
Muriel Maida
as Claire's Mum
Lizabeth MacKay
as Administrator
Brenda Thomas Denmark
as Woman at Book Stand
Jim Frangione
as Man In Bar
Ed Hodson
as Driver
Sean Powers
as Driver's Friend
Sally Stark
as Waitress at Newark Diner
Candy Buckley
as Salon Client #1
Lola Pashalinski
as Salon Client #2
Babo Harrison
as Salon Owner
Marian Quinn
as Woman in Park
John Doman
as Cain's Friend
Henry Morales-Ballet
as Client #1/Trick
Gary Warner
as Client #2/Trick
Tom Gilroy
as Client #3/$1000 Trick
Mark Zimmerman
as Client #4/Trick
Johnathan Smit
as Client #5/Trick
Alan Davidson
as Man in Diner
John Ventimiglia
as Newark Cab Driver
Dominic Marcus
as Newark Cab Driver
Adrianna Sevan
as Woman at Cab Stand
Michael Laurence
as Elton's Fare
Joan Buddenhagen
as Airport Ticket Agent
David Little
as Man In Chicago Cafe
Bruce MacVittie
as Obstetrician
Kate Skinner
as Madeline Garrett
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Critic Reviews for Claire Dolan

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

[Kerrigan] accepts the challenge of central characters who do not let us know what they're thinking.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Devotes so much of its energy to building and sustaining a mood of urban desolation that the story never quite jells.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Less awful than inert, Claire Dolan comes across as a willfully bad movie.

January 1, 2000

In spite of Cartlidge's impressive performance in the lead, the film is simply not as involving or moving as it should be.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

Clinically austere.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5

Shattering in its own quiet way.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Claire Dolan


A savage creature lurking in the dark,somber city of New York.Perfect!!!Kerrigan introduces to us a surreal environment in all its passiveness,how illuminating this is,Dardenne portray the suicidal community,their U.S. fellow director dwells in it.The relief of the everyday life,the late Cartlidge in a magnificent performance as the object of demolishing senses.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


A heartbreaking performance by Katrin Cartlidge as a woman caught in an invisible prison of debt and obligation. Colm Meaney is superb as the cold-hearted shylock to whom she owes a debt and pays it off by working in the sex trade. Vincent DOnofrio plays the quiet, working man who tries to love Claire/Lucy, but finds his love inadequate to break through to the core of Claire. It is dark, but ends on a faintly flickering note of hope. It will not be easy for her to deal with the consequences of the choices she has made, but one has to hope she has the resources to pull it off. Not all questions are answered, but the story line is believable and the actors made it come alive for this viewer. Ms. Cartlidge glows with a flawed beauty that is tempered with steely resolve. That combination is what makes the film so poignant.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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