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Speak

Speak (2012)

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In his stand-up routine, Jerry Seinfeld points out that according to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking and their number two fear is death, which means the average person who goes to a funeral would rather be in the casket than give the eulogy. For nearly two years, filmmakers Paul Galichia and Brian Weidling conducted interviews with hundreds of individuals to explore the physical symptoms and the emotional paralysis that public speaking can cause. On one extreme,

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Ultimately too superficially diffuse - and programmed to reveal a winner - to focus on one kind of human interest story.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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In the beginning "Speak" too often sounds like a recruiting film for Toastmasters, but it eventually gets past that and tells some compelling stories about the finalists.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Doc about public speaking remains engaging despite familiar format.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A moderately involving, conventionally structured look at the art of public speaking as practiced by nine finalists at the Toastmasters' 2008 world championship, Speak has surprisingly little to say about its subject.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Most of Speak is an uplifting portrait of friendly competition, and it's when the film embraces this narrative track, and the illumination of dream pursuit, that it really takes off.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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