A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi)
A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2017)

"A Silent Voice" follows the poignant and moving story of Shoya Ishida, a school bully, and Shoko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. Their story begins in sixth grade when Shoko transfers to Shoya's elementary… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 2017
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As beautifully crafted as it is powerfully written, A Silent Voice looks at teen bullying from a soberingly hard-hitting perspective that's uncommon for the animated medium.

Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times

An unflinching depiction of the cruelty children inflict on each other.

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Alan Ng
Film Threat

The film is beautiful to look at. The film is hand-drawn, and the outdoor settings and backdrops are breathtaking. A Silent Voice is a true piece of art.

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Mario P. Székely

A real gem of animation. Those caught in '13 Reasons Why' (Netflix) series will find another perspective on the world of bullying and an equally intriguing even poetic drama. [Full review in Spanish]

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James Berardinelli

Naoko Yamada is regarded as one of the "up and coming" animated filmmakers seeking to fill the void created by the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki. Considering the artwork in A Silent Voice, it's easy to see why.

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Alex Osborn
IGN Movies

The film's brilliant pacing and expertly woven narrative deliver an empowering story that will stick with you long after the credits roll.

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Rafael Rosales Santos

A movie that you have to give yourself the opportunity to see and you will not regret it, you may love it or it will hurt you and make you feel uncomfortable but ultimately you will not be indifferent. [Full review in Spanish]

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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice

It has some interesting visuals, but A Silent Voice demands investment in the redemption of someone who's impossible to root for.

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Joanne Soh
The New Paper (Singapore)

The visual storytelling is powerful, and coupled with the effective soundtrack, you don't even need to read the subtitles to know what the characters are saying.

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Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

A Silent Voice is oddly tranquil, lacking in the emotional force that is its supposed reason for being.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
When it comes to anime, I don't find myself watching nearly enough in order to form a list of favourites, but even if I had watched everything under the… More
Luke Eberhardt
'A Silent Voice' is the work of Naoko Yamada, a little perplexing as I've not encountered a lot of female anime directors. I was also a little… More