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Silent Tongue Reviews

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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.
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+
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
February 9, 2006
Intriguing, then, but defiantly slow and awkward.
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 21, 2015
An alternately infuriating and exhilarating example of the Western as an art film.
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
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
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
May 20, 2003
Eerie, inventive, [and] poetic.
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
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