Till Human Voices Wake Us
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Young adolescent Sam Franks (Lindley Joyner) spends his summers away from school with his physician father (Peter Curtin), whose schedule barely allows for quality father-son time. Therefore, Sam idles away most of his time with neighbor Maurie Lewis (Frank Gallacher) and Maurie's handicapped daughter Silvy (Brooke Harman), who also happens to be Sam's best friend. One night following a dance, Sam and Silvy kiss for the first time, and go down to the nearby river. As the two are lazily floating in the river and watching the night sky, Silvy disappears underwater and her body is never… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's not quite enough mystery here, and no amount of pretty pastoral settings can make up for that."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"I'd recommend you actively or passively forget this one."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Petroni may have chosen to move the plot along at a snail's pace to reflect the mood of Prufrock's poem, but there isn't enough lyricism in the film to save the story."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"It may not make much sense, but it's pretty seductive."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"It'll take a lot of energy -- and even more patience -- for anyone to get through Till Human Voices Wake Us without yawning at least once."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"It walks an odd path through romance, psychology and the netherworld, but it's a walk worth taking."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"When it's over, Till Human Voices Wake Us is easily forgotten."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"The film strives to be poetic, but it exposes nothing especially moving or relevant. Rather, the engaging leads wander around like actors lost in an ill-fated exercise in subtext."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"What aims to be dreamlike plays more like sleepwalking, and what is meant to be dark and brooding becomes gray and plodding."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It's telling just how uninvolving Till Human Voices Wake Us is that by film's end, you'll just be relieved it's over."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Sometimes engaging, sometimes clunky."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Petroni, in his first feature directing job, turns a good idea into a slow-paced metaphysical miasma."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The movie fails to find a satisfying way to balance the stories, and Pearce's mannered performance doesn't help us enter into his elliptical journey."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"You're left wondering 'What if?,' as in 'What if the filmmaker had found a way to reconcile his two storylines into a cohesive whole?'"
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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