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Spoken Word

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 07/23/2010 , 116min.
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Village Voice
Though crudely constructed (the lighting and framing are strictly soap opera), unevenly acted (Becker is a bundle of distracting tics), and bluntly scripted, the film does have an honest integrity--at least whenever Blades is onscreen. Full Review
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Spoken Word, which centers on the tense reunion between a recovering addict poet and his dying father, features more cliches than it can comfortably handle and is not helped by its grindingly slow pacing. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Strongly acted and beautifully photographed (by Virgil Mirano), Spoken Word is a quietly resonant family drama about the tug of old habits and the difficulties of escaping the past. Full Review
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
The self-conscious poetry and Cruz's diagnosis of bipolar disorder threaten to add too many notes to this quiet drama. Full Review
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
With the patiently assembled '90s films "Ruby in Paradise" and "Ulee's Gold," director Victor Nuez gave independent film a quiet luster of hand-craftsmanship sorely lacking in his dreary new effort, Spoken Word. Full Review

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