Till Human Voices Wake Us Reviews

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David Stratton
Variety
March 27, 2009
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Chicago Tribune
September 7, 2003
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 2, 2003
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 18, 2003
There's not quite enough mystery here, and no amount of pretty pastoral settings can make up for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 18, 2003
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 4, 2003
Despite being well acted and sweetly moving when it strips down to the tender poem at its heart, Till Human Voices Wake Us spends too much time playing to an otherworldly suspense that simply isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 28, 2003
It's telling just how uninvolving Till Human Voices Wake Us is that by film's end, you'll just be relieved it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 14, 2003
I'd recommend you actively or passively forget this one.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 14, 2003
It walks an odd path through romance, psychology and the netherworld, but it's a walk worth taking.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 14, 2003
There's nothing really wrong with Till Human Voices Wake Us that some actual dramatic tension couldn't resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 14, 2003
Extremely provocative, to both imagination and intellect.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 8, 2003
It is undone by the twin cinematic demons of pretentiousness and torpor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Denver Post
March 7, 2003
Voices is more a prose poem than a film, a moody exercise devoid of suspense and interactions that spark us to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 7, 2003
Till Human Voices Wake Us is so intricately and beautifully crafted, I wish it had been less boring.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 6, 2003
You can tell what will happen in Till Human Voices Wake Us long before it actually happens, but it still works better than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 1, 2003
Petroni takes the poem at face value, turning diaphanous literary imagery opaque and literal in the love song of Sam Franks.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 28, 2003
There's a fine line between bewitching and boring, and you'd better be sure you know which side you're on if you're going to make a film that keeps a key character or event a mystery until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 28, 2003
All the intelligence and sincerity behind the camera and the talent in front of it, Till Human Voices Wake Us stays emotionally mired because of a static screenplay that fails to express its issues dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 28, 2003
Despite the strengths of the cast and the camera, the whole film does seem, after the fact, to be less than the sum of its parts. Nevertheless, in mid-reverie, there's no denying the pleasure in falling under its little spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2003
There must still be a kind of moony young adolescent girl for which this film would be enormously appealing, if television has not already exterminated the domestic example of that species.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 27, 2003
As romance, Till Human Voices Wake Us is so passive, it inspires forgetting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 27, 2003
Pearce and Bonham Carter are remarkably photogenic, but the movie is fitful and mannered to a fault, full of watery allusions and stormy scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 24, 2003
Comes across as yet another above-average Twilight Zone episode pumped with helium for the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 24, 2003
Petroni's pacing is so languid in Till Human Voices Wake Us, a viewer has a greater chance of dozing off than getting caught up in a mystery.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
February 20, 2003
The two young actors are very engaging, but the chemistry between Pearce and Bonham Carter is less than zero and there's altogether too much heavy-handed, watery symbolism for comfort.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 20, 2003
The movie is so busy building its symbolic frame that it forgets to develop its characters, or even to make them likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2003
Kept in check by his character's neuroses, Pearce holds our attention throughout, but it isn't until near the end that he manages to break free of his character's and his director's inhibitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 20, 2003
Excruciatingly slow, overly tasteful piece of whimsy.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
February 19, 2003
Snoozy supernatural pastoral.