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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Given the physical limitations of their characters, Polley and Robbins give remarkably compelling performances, and though the resolution of their slowly evolving relationship is a bit too pat, it is one you won't soon forget. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Carries an important and timely reminder about the fate of torture victims, so deftly wrapped within a touching and beautifully acted melodrama that the result is the furthest thing from a didactic message movie. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Yes, The Secret Life of Words owes much to Lars von Trier's 1999 "Breaking the Waves." But Coixet's riff stands on its own thanks to thoughtful performances by Polley and Robbins. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    A series of conversations that are sometimes clever and sometimes feel like screenwriting exercises about the details of life, but are always well acted. show more

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly

    Can a single scene save a movie? An hour and 20 minutes into The Secret Life of Words, Sarah Polley delivers a halting, evocative 10-minute monologue that finally unlocks the mystery behind her guarded character. show more

  • 80
    Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic

    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. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The exquisitely coordinated performances elicit an empathy as powerful as anything I can remember feeling in a recent film. show more

  • 70
    Jonathan Holland Variety

    Sarah Polley gives a wonderfully searching performance, as a woman in a state of extreme isolation, in The Secret Life of Words, a compellingly claustrophobic drama set mostly aboard an oil rig. show more

  • 60
    Andrew O'Hehir

    A tantalizing and beautiful picture made with tremendous integrity, and anchored by two marvelous performances, Isabel Coixet's The Secret Life of Words still, somehow, doesn't quite work. show more

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