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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Voices overcome some used story conventions to give it a very specific charm of its own. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    There's not much new in this Filipino film by longtime director Gil M. Portes. But it's so endearing that only a grouch wouldn't be charmed. show more

  • 63
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Features an excellent cast, in particular the child actors. These elements, as well as the director's light unsentimental touch, make the struggles and triumphs in Small Voices ring truthful. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The end is hardly in doubt, since this sweet-natured film treads a path worn smooth and hard by countless other tiny feet. Its message is as unimpeachable as it is familiar, differentiated from countless similar tales only by the Filipino setting. show more

  • 80
    Dave Kehr The New York Times

    This tiny film is heartfelt, well made and worthy of attention. show more

  • 60
    Mark Holcomb Village Voice

    Despite its affinity for whimsy over realism, Small Voices effectively captures the embittered desperation and ragged dedication of its exploited teachers. show more

  • 60
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    A leisurely, understated film reminiscent of any number of Japanese counterparts featuring quietly heroic rural teachers. It is easy to label the film as slow, old-fashioned and sentimental, which it certainly is, but it has the tenacity of its heroine, the pretty and intelligent Melinda (Alessandra de Rossi). show more

  • 50
    Hazel-Dawn Dumpert L.A. Weekly

    Ultimately, however, a too-earnest script that pins the future of this community on a school-district singing contest, undercuts the film's natural performances and its sedate, contemplative pacing. show more

  • 50
    Robert Koehler Variety

    Latest pic directed by Gil M. Portes, could be called "To Madam With Love"; vet Filipino helmer is out to open maximum tear ducts with sentimental tale. show more

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