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The Secret Life of Words Reviews

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Un parcours vers une existence un peu plus normale que Coixet illustre avec tact et simplicité en tirant merveilleusement profit de l'immense talent de ses deux interprètes

Full Review Source: Panorama | Original Score: 7/10

January 29, 2010
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Heartache is guaranteed. And so it is in The Secret Life of Words, a strangely beautiful film about an ugly memory that Hanna (Sarah Polley) carries for the rest of her life

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 25, 2008
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Can't resist the meaningful political backstory that will transform her characters into symbols--that is, into ventriloquist dummies rattling off humdrum rhetoric.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 3, 2007
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Can't hold the weight of its own pretensions.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

March 2, 2007

The film succeeds mainly as a story of the connective, regenerative tissue between words and silence on the level strength of its listeners.

Full Review Source: Reeler

February 14, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Coixet's screenplay may be a little slow in spots and someof the supporting characters are not very well drawn, but the spotlight is on the two leads, and both Robbins and Polley come through. There's some twee voiceover that mars the film's beginning and

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 11, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The claustrophobic and artificial atmosphere of the setting is unfortunately matched by the equally artificial drama.

December 30, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Out in the north sea--no harbor for pain both physical and psychological--except what contact with the right human being may provide in the way of a cure.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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What pleasure there is to be wrung from the exceptionally banal The Secret Life of Words lies in the harsh, unforgiving beauty (lyrically shot by Jean-Claude Larrieu) and wonderfully strange social life of the isolated rig.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 22, 2006

Boxoffice Magazine

Making it work onscreen requires a Herculean effort from the actors, a task to which Polley and Robbins -- as well as their supporting cast -- are more than adequately suited.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 22, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

This thing is very, very deep. So deep in fact that getting the bends is a distinct possibility.

| Original Score: 2.3/5

December 22, 2006
Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
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There may be no young actress today better at embodying a blend of wounded innocence and stoic pride than Sarah Polley. In The Secret Life of Words, she has a part worthy of her gifts.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 21, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Though I continue to have strong reservations about the stylistic abstractions in Ms. Coixet's narrative, the performances given by Ms. Polley, Mr. Robbins and Ms. Christie take me a long way in accepting and recommending the whole package.

December 20, 2006
David Noh
Film Journal International

Director Isabel Croixet creates an intriguing, enclosed world aboard the ship

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 19, 2006
Susan Granger

Meditative, slow-paced examination of how post-traumatic stress syndrome affects two troubled people who connect on a windswept oil rig in the Irish Sea.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

December 19, 2006
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Like Ceylan -- like many a fine director -- Coixet has made her film less as a drama than as the traversal of a state of mind, a mood.

December 15, 2006
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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In due course skeletons will march out of closets, but the movie yields up its secrets with slow reluctance.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 15, 2006
Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat

A series of conversations that are sometimes clever and sometimes feel like screenwriting exercises about the details of life, but are always well acted.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Far from feeling that we've been hoodwinked into watching a film with a strong social message, we can only marvel at how eloquently and incontrovertibly it states its case.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Sarah Polley is such a wonderful actress, it's a shame she's not a bigger star.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
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