Silent Tongue
Silent Tongue (1994)

When his wife dies while in childbirth, a distraught man (River Phoenix) begins to lose his grip on reality. Hoping to stave off his son's madness, the husband's father (Richard Harris) attempts to locate the dead woman's sister… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 3, 2005
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Glenn Kenny
Entertainment Weekly

The lone lure of this supernatural Western is a truly possessed performance by River Phoenix in his last completed role.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Something deep and allegorical could be going on here, but Silent Tongue is at once so overwrought and desert-dull that you can't be bothered to investigate.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Too often, the mystical mise-en-scene and strange doings are left to speak for themselves, as though Shepard hopes that his film will be assumed to be profound because it is incomprehensible.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

An alternately infuriating and exhilarating example of the Western as an art film.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

A bizarre, meandering and, finally, maddening mystical oater that will find few partisans.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Most viewers will wonder what the heck it all means.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

A strangely satisfying and challenging piece of work, one that illustrates how elements of cinema, literature and theater can work in tandem, thanks to a recipe that is one part Poe and two parts Shakespeare.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

Intriguing, then, but defiantly slow and awkward.

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Empire Magazine

With its cache of salt-of-the-earth actors, garrulously defining themselves against the endless plains, and the lean, otherworldly feel, Silent Tongue scores as a rewarding, idiosyncratic venture, even if it does become indecipherably surreal by the end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
Great film!!