Spoken Word
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From acclaimed director Victor Nunez ("Ulee's Gold"), SPOKEN WORD tells the story of Cruz Montoya (Kuno Becker, from the "Goal!" trilogy and "From Mexico With Love"), a rock star on the West Coast poetry circuit, where audiences from San Diego to Seattle gather to hear him perform. Just off the road from a successful tour, Cruz gets an unexpected call alerting him that his father, Senior (played by Rubén Blades), is fatally ill. Cruz rushes home to his dying father, a reclusive former schoolteacher still leading a traditional life in their once bucolic… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

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"[A] rich and textured film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Low key, low budget and low profile character-driven drama is occasionally refreshing, but more frequently small scale to a fault."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
"Well-enough executed by a capable cast to recommend, especially for heathens unfamiliar with the Biblical tale which ostensibly served as the source of inspiration."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"A uniquely crafted introspective yet profoundly visceral film experience, touching on the healing powers of the music in language."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Maddeningly ruled by signposts spotted from miles away."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A uniquely crafted introspective yet profoundly visceral film experience, touching on the healing powers of the music in language."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"The familiar plot structure is only the tip of the formulaic iceberg, a foundation for more stale conventions than any indie should dare embrace."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The film's use of poetry to get at the subconscious mind of its protagonist works well early on but settles into a knee-jerk device that can't distract from the film's pedestrian plotting and direction."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Features more cliches than it can comfortably handle and is not helped by its grindingly slow pacing."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It takes the Mexican-American melodrama Spoken Word a long time to express myriad sentiments that we've heard uttered many times before in many ethnic settings."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Moving poetry, very appealing actors, lovely landscape, and resonant music can't quite make up for the predictable family story and dialogue in a heartfelt film."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"A recurring vista of a highway pass carved through the rock and trees is lovely but pointedly unspectacular, a showcase for the kind of beauty that builds when you let your eye linger."
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
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