It's depressing - God, is it depressing - in a way that only a film about growing up amidst a Central American civil war can be, but it is also often uplifting, and that is a tricky balance to pull off.
| Original Score: 8/10
This coming of age tale of a boy who suddenly becomes the man of the house is too naive and simplistic to convey the tumultuous political context of El Salvador in the 1980s.
| Original Score: C+
| Original Score: 3/5
Padilla is superb as a boy who eagerly looks forward to manhood while ruefully bidding farewell to youth.
| Original Score: 3/4
Reminds us how the human spirit can transcend even the worst tragedy.
Effective without being overwhelming.
In the best parts of Innocent Voices, we experience both war's tragedy and its sometimes weird exhilaration -- with innocent clarity.
...builds to its climax with inexorable precision, yet never hits audiences over the head with manufactured emotional moments.
The images of war are never easy to watch, but those feelings of profound sorrow are magnified when children are turned into soldiers with guns as big as they are.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A powerful reminder of how war should never be an option in the resolution of a conflict, even as a last resort
| Original Score: A-
Despite a pro-FMLN POV, when many consider them terrorists, this is one of the better films showing how war affects the little people who find themselves in the middle of war.
The sincerity and earnestness of 'Innocent Voices' are beyond doubt. It's a pity that the film's execution doesn't always match them. Still, it's a mostly laudable effort.
| Original Score: B
Padilla is a wonder in this, his first starring role. He's real, honest and absolutely convincing. And gorgeous to boot.
Innocent Voices is executed with such unbridled passion and conviction that we overlook its excesses and succumb to its dramatic story.
Innocent Voices may not be a perfect movie, but in many ways it's a necessary one.
Mandoki, who with this film returns to the Spanish-speaking cinema after a string of Hollywood films, has brought a sure sense of the visual and taut construction to Innocent Voices.
| Original Score: 4/5
The many riveting moments will stay with you for days, and Padilla is well up to the task of carrying this intense story on his tiny shoulders.
Mandoki never passes up a chance to increase the schmaltz level, but that doesn't lessen the impact of this harrowing account of a hellish childhood.
| Original Score: 3/4
An important film that should be seen by many.
A movie with a long echo.
| Original Score: 3.5/4