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Spoken Word Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
December 22, 2010
A uniquely crafted introspective yet profoundly visceral film experience, touching on the healing powers of the music in language.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 5, 2010
[A] rich and textured film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2010
Maddeningly ruled by signposts spotted from miles away.
| Original Score: 2/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
July 29, 2010
It takes the Mexican-American melodrama Spoken Word a long time to express myriad sentiments that we've heard uttered many times before in many ethnic settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
July 26, 2010
Low key, low budget and low profile character-driven drama is occasionally refreshing, but more frequently small scale to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 25, 2010
The familiar plot structure is only the tip of the formulaic iceberg, a foundation for more stale conventions than any indie should dare embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 24, 2010
Moving poetry, very appealing actors, lovely landscape, and resonant music can't quite make up for the predictable family story and dialogue in a heartfelt film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
July 23, 2010
Well-enough executed by a capable cast to recommend, especially for heathens unfamiliar with the Biblical tale which ostensibly served as the source of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 23, 2010
The film's use of poetry to get at the subconscious mind of its protagonist works well early on but settles into a knee-jerk device that can't distract from the film's pedestrian plotting and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michelle Orange
Movieline
July 23, 2010
A recurring vista of a highway pass carved through the rock and trees is lovely but pointedly unspectacular, a showcase for the kind of beauty that builds when you let your eye linger.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 23, 2010
Features more cliches than it can comfortably handle and is not helped by its grindingly slow pacing.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
July 23, 2010
A uniquely crafted introspective yet profoundly visceral film experience, touching on the healing powers of the music in language.
Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 23, 2010
Strongly acted and beautifully photographed (by Virgil Mirano), "Spoken Word" is a quietly resonant family drama about the tug of old habits and the difficulties of escaping the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 23, 2012
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