Innocent Voices (Voces inocentes)
Innocent Voices (Voces inocentes) (2005)

The bloody civil war which tore apart El Salvador in the 1980s is seen through the eyes of a young boy in this drama from director Luis Mandoki. Chava (Carlos Padilla) is 11 years old and growing up in a small town in El Salvador where the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 14, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Innocent Voices is a passionately told dramatization of an ugly issue of war -- its impact on children.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Effective without being overwhelming.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The many riveting moments will stay with you for days, and Padilla is well up to the task of carrying this intense story on his tiny shoulders.

Joshua Starnes

It's depressing - God, is it depressing - in a way that only a film about growing up amidst a Central American civil war can be, but it is also often uplifting, and that is a tricky balance to pull off.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

In the best parts of Innocent Voices, we experience both war's tragedy and its sometimes weird exhilaration -- with innocent clarity.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a harrowing tale, but one that gets phonied up with unnecessary slo-mos, manipulative soundtrack cues, and unrestrained thespianism.

Emanuel Levy

This coming of age tale of a boy who suddenly becomes the man of the house is too naive and simplistic to convey the tumultuous political context of El Salvador in the 1980s.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Mandoki, who with this film returns to the Spanish-speaking cinema after a string of Hollywood films, has brought a sure sense of the visual and taut construction to Innocent Voices.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

This isn't only slightly simplistic politics, it's bad drama.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Padilla is superb as a boy who eagerly looks forward to manhood while ruefully bidding farewell to youth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This is a very moving story based around kids in this war torn country, and what they have to go through to stay alive. This is a very well done film.
Daisy Maduro
The story of a 11-year-old boy and his family who lived in El Salvador during the civil war. When you see this film, you see war from a human sight rather than… More
Randy Tippy
Gripping anti-war offering from director Luis Mandoki. <i>Innocent Voices</i> shows us the civil war in El Salvador through the eyes of a child.… More
Nicolas Korovessis
I am surprised that having witnessed a true story about a boy losing his innocence during the civil war in El Salvador with grueling pictures of the atrocities… More