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The Song of Names Reviews

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June 16, 2020
Throw in some dubious Polish accents, plus stiff performances all-around, and the film doesn't achieve the gravity the subject matter demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 13, 2020
The Song of Names adds to a musical vocation, but unfortunately it is out of tune.[Full Review in Spanish
March 13, 2020
A wonderful metaphor about collective memory. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2020
The film is a pleasure for the ears. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2020
The explanation of what the title (Song of Names) really means should have been a climax for this script, but it is a prelude to the final act that is unsatisfying; much like the whole film.
February 14, 2020
Despite solid performances and a top-notch classical score, the intrigue remains mild as the film mostly settles for sentimentality.
February 8, 2020
. . . a somber drama that waits so long to deliver its heartfelt gut-punch perhaps a viewer's patience might be worn totally away by then.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 5, 2020
The mystery surrounding Dovidl's disappearance should be the most compelling aspect of the film, but director François Girard's approach is so clinical and unemotional that it dilutes the urgency of Martin's mission.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2020
"Names" never really clicks the way it should -- resulting in a film that is a well-intentioned misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 31, 2020
...there's just not much here from a cinematic perspective, to make this movie feel fresh, alive or relevant to today.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 31, 2020
A payoff is coming - you know it from the film's opening credits, or its poster - but it takes so long to reveal itself that when it does, it can't help but feel anticlimactic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 29, 2020
An often-moving meditation on the purpose and privilege of artistic expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 29, 2020
Ordinarily these stories focus on the ones in the ghettos or camps, but Lebrecht's tale is of a survivor and the weighted responsibility that surviving bears. It is ... a beautiful, poignant expression of faith, family, and the persistence of a people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 28, 2020
...often excessively generic and bland...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 24, 2020
Drama isn't supposed to be comfortable. Comedy is comfort food. Drama is for adults who can handle a few roadblocks.
January 24, 2020
It all culminates in a full-circle moment that the film hasn't earned in any way at all.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
January 24, 2020
Dovidl's and Martin's dynamic shines throughout the film, bolstered by the rarity of three different sets of actors who excel both individually and as a unit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2020
"The Song of Names" - though respectable in certain elements - is filled with poor storytelling techniques and a sloppy altering timeline narrative that even two strong performances from Tim Roth and Clive Owen can't help.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 21, 2020
[François] Girard knows music, he knows grief, and he names names in The Song of Names.
January 21, 2020
The movie is entertaining but not as momentous as the actors and subject matter would indicate. Young actors Gerran Howell and Jonah Hauer-King are standouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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