Distant Voices, Still Lives Reviews

August 30, 2018
For all the formal technique and the theatrically controlled tableaux, the drama is vividly present and alive.
August 28, 2018
September 22, 2014
With an unfailing eye for place, dcor, costume, and gesture, the director glides his camera through tangles of memories to evoke joys and horrors with a similar sense of wonder.
June 2, 2014
A gripping and original piece of work, itself sure to be remembered as one of the finest films of the year.
June 2, 2014
Just as you think you have its moves all doped out, a scene of such shocking beauty flashes before you that it takes your breath away.
June 2, 2014
When a forty-four-year-old man makes a movie about his family and friends sitting around singing old tunes, you certainly don't expect an unforgettable amalgam of humor and heartbreak. But that is precisely what Terence Davies delivers.
June 2, 2014
Screen dreams are strangest and strongest when they hit close to home. In Terence Davies' searing [Distant Voices, Still Lives]... mystery resides in the vision of his mother, magically poised on the hall sill, washing the outside windows.
June 2, 2014
Sadly, most of the time Distant Voices is a hit parade of Father's swiftest punches played to the hit parade that he might have been listening to on the radio.
October 18, 2008
This isn't a film based on nostalgia, though; its very special qualities stem from the beautiful simplicity of direction, writing and playing, and the accuracy of the incidents depicted.
April 20, 2007
This film is a masterpiece.
April 20, 2007
If there's such a thing as anthropological poetry, this is it.
April 17, 2007
Truly evocative.
January 26, 2006
Davies is unflinching in his hunt for truth and full of nothing but love and understanding for his characters.
August 30, 2004
The English film is one of those dimly realized personal statements that ultimately says a lot less than the written program notes that accompany it.
January 1, 2000
This British dirge about brutal fathers and bitter children is such a gloomy ceremony, you'll wish you'd brought carnations.
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, Davies' choices have a powerful cumulative effect. In the latter section, he achieves a transporting poignancy of feeling.
September 11, 1988
This beautiful memoir, conceivably one of the greatest of all English films, is so startling and original that we may not have the vocabulary to do it justice.