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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 40
    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. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

  • 65
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Has just enough genuine warmth to compensate for the coolness you might feel toward its generic trappings. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Now here's this rich and textured film. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The movie is about how he learns to show what's in his heart even when he can't find the spoken words to express his feelings aloud. Under the careful guidance of Mr. Nunez, Mr. Becker does both, in ways that reminded me of a Hispanic James Dean. show more

  • 80
    S. James Snyder Time Out New York

    Filmmaker Victor Nunez pairs evocative locales--beatnik Bay Area, bucolic rural New Mexico--with fleeting asides of poetry (penned by the Santa Fe–based writer Joe Ray Sandoval); these meditative detours both elevate a routine story arc and tap into tangled, twisted familial roots. show more

  • 40
    John P. McCarthy Boxoffice Magazine

    While in many respects Spoken Word is adequately specific, it's still not very deep. show more

  • 90
    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. show more

  • 80
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Spoken Word benefits from an improbably perfect storm of production circumstances: The muscular, balanced script, the brainchild of an unusual alliance between professional poet Joe Ray Sandoval and TV writer William T. Conway, consistently plays to Nunez's strengths. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

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