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Silent Tongue Reviews

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Glenn Kenny
Entertainment Weekly
April 21, 2015
The lone lure of this supernatural Western is a truly possessed performance by River Phoenix in his last completed role.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2015
An alternately infuriating and exhilarating example of the Western as an art film.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2015
A strangely satisfying and challenging piece of work, one that illustrates how elements of cinema, literature and theater can work in tandem, thanks to a recipe that is one part Poe and two parts Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2015
Something deep and allegorical could be going on here, but Silent Tongue is at once so overwrought and desert-dull that you can't be bothered to investigate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 21, 2015
Too often, the mystical mise-en-scene and strange doings are left to speak for themselves, as though Shepard hopes that his film will be assumed to be profound because it is incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
April 21, 2015
Most viewers will wonder what the heck it all means.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
April 21, 2015
With its cache of salt-of-the-earth actors, garrulously defining themselves against the endless plains, and the lean, otherworldly feel, Silent Tongue scores as a rewarding, idiosyncratic venture, even if it does become indecipherably surreal by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 12, 2011
A bizarre, meandering and, finally, maddening mystical oater that will find few partisans.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Intriguing, then, but defiantly slow and awkward.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
May 24, 2003
The atmosphere is potent, and it's impressively shot, but there's also a terrible lack of cohesion that makes the film's desperate reach for meaningfulness look increasingly laboured.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Eerie, inventive, [and] poetic.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A haunting tale of love, death and shame in the Old West.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately the film never held together in a cohesive way, and seemed forced and awkward at times.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Alvaro Rodriguez
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's obvious that Shepard has a certain love for his subject, and he has made a compelling film. Like a good yarn, it is strengthened by over-the-top acting from Bates and Phoenix.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A spellbinding mess of Greco-Roman, Irish and Native American myth, revisionist chic and theatrical tradition.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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