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KALINDRA STEPNEY (Shanola Hampton) is an aspiring poetess, but inside she's an artist who's lost. Haunted by dreams deferred and a dangerous marriage, this Los Angelean yearns to perform on New York's most acclaimed spoken word stage. A romantic and modern story of a woman finding her voice and finding love again, THINGS NEVER SAID is an assured first feature from writer/director Charles Murray (Sons of Anarchy, Castle, Third Watch). (c) Official Site
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film's stars ... are hugely charismatic individually and have chemistry with each other. But the soapy melodrama and ferocious, on-the-nose poems threaten to overpower their budding romance."
‑ Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
"The familiar themes of escaping abuse and self-actualization/redemption/salvation through art become, in Murray and his cast's hands, something uniquely and memorably moving and exhilarating."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"When it comes to writing the poetry that Kalindra recites, Murray knows how to do more with less; he needs to apply that lesson to his filmmaking, too."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"The movie's poems are unambiguous rants, delivered with theatrical ferocity. On-the-nose dialogue propels its lessons in self-respect."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"The kind of film that Hollywood rarely makes anymore: smart, deep, honest, genuinely poignant and complex. It will nourish your heart, mind and soul. Shanola Hampton delivers a bravura, star-making performance."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A powerful statement about the plight of women held back by sexist tyranny."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Veteran TV writer Charles Murray (Third Watch) shows his small-screen roots by overrelying on tense, weighty exchanges to advance the narrative, but Hampton's steely performance makes them pay off, as the poet learns to wrest truth from pain."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"An uplifting tale of female empowerment tarnished by its crude method of delivering a positive message."
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
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