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Small Voices Reviews

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 5, 2004
Small Voices works, even though its lesson has been pounded into you a hundred times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 25, 2003
Despite its inherent predictability, the film nonetheless succeeds in its modest aims, thanks in large part to the director's fresh approach to his timeworn themes and to de Rossi's engaging performance as the committed teacher.
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
October 30, 2003
Small Voices is a trip to another culture that is enjoyable, even inspiring, in spite of its faults.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 17, 2003
Educators everywhere should be grateful for such an effective and affecting demonstration of the power of formal schooling to combat poverty and change lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
October 17, 2003
Small Voices features an excellent cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
October 10, 2003
This tiny film is heartfelt, well made and worthy of attention.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 10, 2003
There's not much new in this Filipino film by longtime director Gil M. Portes. But it's so endearing that only a grouch wouldn't be charmed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 9, 2003
An affecting film that is also quite critical of the resignation that seems to permeate Philippine society, underlined by corruption and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
October 9, 2003
Sacrifices dignity in favor of go-for-broke sap.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
October 8, 2003
Despite its affinity for whimsy over realism, Small Voices effectively captures the embittered desperation and ragged dedication of its exploited teachers.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 30, 2003
A well-meant but predictable Filipino import.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2003
At times dramatic, sweet, funny and sentimental, Small Voices almost seems like a fable -- except that it's based on a real story and includes a subplot threaded with violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4