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January 29, 2010
Un parcours vers une existence un peu plus normale que Coixet illustre avec tact et simplicité en tirant merveilleusement profit de l'immense talent de ses deux interprètes
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 25, 2008
Heartache is guaranteed. And so it is in The Secret Life of Words, a strangely beautiful film about an ugly memory that Hanna (Sarah Polley) carries for the rest of her life
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 3, 2007
Can't resist the meaningful political backstory that will transform her characters into symbols--that is, into ventriloquist dummies rattling off humdrum rhetoric.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 2, 2007
Can't hold the weight of its own pretensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 14, 2007
The film succeeds mainly as a story of the connective, regenerative tissue between words and silence on the level strength of its listeners.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Coixet's screenplay may be a little slow in spots and someof the supporting characters are not very well drawn, but the spotlight is on the two leads, and both Robbins and Polley come through. There's some twee voiceover that mars the film's beginning and
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 30, 2006
The claustrophobic and artificial atmosphere of the setting is unfortunately matched by the equally artificial drama.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 27, 2006
Out in the north sea--no harbor for pain both physical and psychological--except what contact with the right human being may provide in the way of a cure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 22, 2006
What pleasure there is to be wrung from the exceptionally banal The Secret Life of Words lies in the harsh, unforgiving beauty (lyrically shot by Jean-Claude Larrieu) and wonderfully strange social life of the isolated rig.

Boxoffice Magazine
December 22, 2006
Making it work onscreen requires a Herculean effort from the actors, a task to which Polley and Robbins -- as well as their supporting cast -- are more than adequately suited.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 22, 2006
This thing is very, very deep. So deep in fact that getting the bends is a distinct possibility.
| Original Score: 2.3/5
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Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2006
There may be no young actress today better at embodying a blend of wounded innocence and stoic pride than Sarah Polley. In The Secret Life of Words, she has a part worthy of her gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 20, 2006
Though I continue to have strong reservations about the stylistic abstractions in Ms. Coixet's narrative, the performances given by Ms. Polley, Mr. Robbins and Ms. Christie take me a long way in accepting and recommending the whole package.
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 19, 2006
Director Isabel Croixet creates an intriguing, enclosed world aboard the ship
Susan Granger
December 19, 2006
Meditative, slow-paced examination of how post-traumatic stress syndrome affects two troubled people who connect on a windswept oil rig in the Irish Sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 15, 2006
Like Ceylan -- like many a fine director -- Coixet has made her film less as a drama than as the traversal of a state of mind, a mood.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 15, 2006
In due course skeletons will march out of closets, but the movie yields up its secrets with slow reluctance.
Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat
December 15, 2006
A series of conversations that are sometimes clever and sometimes feel like screenwriting exercises about the details of life, but are always well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 15, 2006
Far from feeling that we've been hoodwinked into watching a film with a strong social message, we can only marvel at how eloquently and incontrovertibly it states its case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 15, 2006
Sarah Polley is such a wonderful actress, it's a shame she's not a bigger star.
| Original Score: 3/4
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