The Year My Voice Broke
The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

The life of a teen in an isolated small town is the subject of Australian writer/director John Duigan's film, set in 1962 in New South Wales. Duigan's coming-of-age story has many familiar elements -- Danny Embling (Noah Taylor)… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 17, 1987
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The characters are memorable ones, and beautifully played by the three young newcomers, with Noah Taylor especially effective as the lovesick Danny.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Although most of this is rather familiar stuff...the treatment is sufficiently sincere and nuanced to give it a touch of poignancy.

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TV Guide

Though it covers familiar territory, this well-acted, skillfully photographed film is a gentle examination of the rites of passage.

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Time Out

A film to restore one's faith in films about the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

This isn't an adolescent wish-fulfillment fantasy, so the impossible never happens, and it's a credit to the movie that it doesn't.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Wonderful, perceptive, and original Australian film about the magic and anguish of adolescence.

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Caryn James
New York Times

It is so pleasant and unpretentious that we can almost forget the total lack of surprise in this deftly acted Australian film.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

This funny, touching, truthful gem of a film is one of the ongoing pleasures of Australian cinema, and is as fresh and compelling on its 21st anniversary as it was on its acclaimed release

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Duigan's gift for characterization and feel for period give the film its haunting and evocative mood, and hint at something altogether darker than the average teen flick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A worthwhile trip to early Sixties, small town, Australia where burgeoning youth learns that even the most innocent of lives here on Planet Earth is fraught… More
Quinto Wallight
I love coming-of-age and both Noah Taylor and Loene Carmen's longing for people they can never truly have is something we can all identify with and feel… More
Leo L
A good movie.