Things Never Said
Things Never Said (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact.

Christy Lemire

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.

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Michael Dequina

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.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

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.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

The movie's poems are unambiguous rants, delivered with theatrical ferocity. On-the-nose dialogue propels its lessons in self-respect.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

A powerful statement about the plight of women held back by sexist tyranny.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

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.

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Kam Williams

An uplifting tale of female empowerment tarnished by its crude method of delivering a positive message.

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