Little Voice Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 23, 2009
Despite many good scenes of whimsy, humor, and pathos, not to mantion great mimicry of Garland, Dietrich, and others, the movie is trying to do too much and the last reel is weak, contrived and burdened with a fake romance and upbeat ending.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 19, 2008
A small picture with a big heart.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 28, 2006
Little Voice is based on Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which premiered in 1992 at the National Theatre in London.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A lively if finally rather cruel comic fantasy.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 3, 2003
has the same semi-whimsical and semi-earthy tone as director Mark Herman's 'Brassed Off.' The last quarter of the story, however, seems strangely out of sync with the mostly bubbly set-up.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 29, 2003
Rises to... delirious heights with Horrocks' performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Director Mark Herman (Brassed Off) uses his camera with flair to free the story from the confines of its stage-play origin.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The ideas in "Little Voice" are musty Broadway bombast which Blethyn delivers at a shrieking pitch.
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Little Voice loses its way at points, especially in its hurried, portentous ending. Yet it never obscures the blinding talent of Horrocks.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
A well-realized drama about a closed-off young woman who learns to get in touch with her inner voice.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
A mild and entertaining comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 9, 2001
It's very moving, even when it is moving a little slowly.
| Original Score: 4.5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Predictable and shallow. Something precious has been lost in the translation from the stage to the big screen.
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Sometimes talent emerges from the crummiest of places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
Caine and especially Blethyn are a hoot, exuding the right mix of sleaze, sexuality, selfishness, and even sympathy,
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The drawbacks to "Little Voice" might sink a lesser movie, but not this one.
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January 1, 2000
Horrocks' gift for impersonation is remarkable. If her acting career ever stalls, she can take her singing act on the road. Her Garland impression alone would fill every gay bar in the world.
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Herman has overcome the obstacles of adapting from stage to screen and fashioned an almost perfect blend of biting wit, heart-warming comedy and superb acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
At its center is Jane Horrocks, who, in the title role, gives the best female performance of the year.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Here everything leads up to (and wilts after) Horrocks' showstopper. But she is amazing. Absolutely fabulous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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