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80
Washington Post
Like the best of poems, it doesn't lend itself to easy understanding. But, like the best of poems, it's extremely provocative, to both imagination and intellect.
60
Dallas Observer
There's a somber tone to Petroni's work here--enhanced by Roger Lanser's shadowy cinematography and handicapped a bit by a schmaltzy Hollywood-type score--and there's also plenty of episodic life stuff.
50
Petroni's directorial debut is too bittersweet and atmospheric for its own good, wrapping a potentially strong story in too many layers of misty emotion.
50
Variety
This dank, gloomy essay into the supernatural tries hard to create an intriguing mood in which fate guides the lives of its wounded protagonists, but few will be interested in the outcome.
50
Stays emotionally mired because of a static screenplay that fails to express its issues dramatically.
50
Boston Globe
Despite being well acted and sweetly moving when it strips down to the tender poem at its heart, Till Human Voices Wake Us spends too much time playing to an otherworldly suspense that simply isn't there.
50
ReelViews
Quickly causes viewers to lose patience, then interest.
40
So busy building its symbolic frame that it forgets to develop its characters, or even to make them likable.
40
Chicago Reader
I was seduced part of the time, thanks largely to Bonham Carter's sensuality, but the whole is unsatisfying, and it's tempting to see the imposed recutting as a major source of the problem.
20
I can find nothing nice to note about this excruciatingly slow, overly tasteful piece of whimsy.

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