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Silent Tongue Reviews

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April 21, 2015
A strangely satisfying and challenging piece of work, one that illustrates how elements of cinema, literature and theater can work in tandem, thanks to a recipe that is one part Poe and two parts Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2015
With its cache of salt-of-the-earth actors, garrulously defining themselves against the endless plains, and the lean, otherworldly feel, Silent Tongue scores as a rewarding, idiosyncratic venture, even if it does become indecipherably surreal by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
Eerie, inventive, [and] poetic.
May 12, 2001
A haunting tale of love, death and shame in the Old West.
January 1, 2000
A spellbinding mess of Greco-Roman, Irish and Native American myth, revisionist chic and theatrical tradition.
January 1, 2000
It's obvious that Shepard has a certain love for his subject, and he has made a compelling film. Like a good yarn, it is strengthened by over-the-top acting from Bates and Phoenix.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2015
The lone lure of this supernatural Western is a truly possessed performance by River Phoenix in his last completed role.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 21, 2015
An alternately infuriating and exhilarating example of the Western as an art film.
April 21, 2015
Something deep and allegorical could be going on here, but Silent Tongue is at once so overwrought and desert-dull that you can't be bothered to investigate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2015
Too often, the mystical mise-en-scene and strange doings are left to speak for themselves, as though Shepard hopes that his film will be assumed to be profound because it is incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2015
Most viewers will wonder what the heck it all means.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 12, 2011
A bizarre, meandering and, finally, maddening mystical oater that will find few partisans.
February 9, 2006
Intriguing, then, but defiantly slow and awkward.
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
May 24, 2003
The atmosphere is potent, and it's impressively shot, but there's also a terrible lack of cohesion that makes the film's desperate reach for meaningfulness look increasingly laboured.
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately the film never held together in a cohesive way, and seemed forced and awkward at times.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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