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In his stand-up routine, Jerry Seinfeld points out that according to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking and their number two fear is death, which means the average person who goes to a funeral would rather be in the casket than give the eulogy. For nearly two years, filmmakers Paul Galichia and Brian Weidling conducted interviews with hundreds of individuals to explore the physical symptoms and the emotional paralysis that public speaking can cause. On one extreme, speaking in public and social awkwardness hinders some from living productive lives. When presented with having to speak in public, even public figures experience painful and incoherent rambling. Then there is the crème of the crop - the people who have triumphed over their fear and now have an even bigger mission - to tell their stories. -- (C) Official Sites

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Ultimately too superficially diffuse - and programmed to reveal a winner - to focus on one kind of human interest story.

Aug 16, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

In the beginning "Speak" too often sounds like a recruiting film for Toastmasters, but it eventually gets past that and tells some compelling stories about the finalists.

Aug 16, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Doc about public speaking remains engaging despite familiar format.

Aug 16, 2012 | Full Review…

A moderately involving, conventionally structured look at the art of public speaking as practiced by nine finalists at the Toastmasters' 2008 world championship, Speak has surprisingly little to say about its subject.

Aug 15, 2012
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Most of Speak is an uplifting portrait of friendly competition, and it's when the film embraces this narrative track, and the illumination of dream pursuit, that it really takes off.

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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