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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
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 3, 2020
The film wrestles with the aspirations of art-house prestige and crowd-pleasing appeal, but it never finds harmony.
March 13, 2020
The Song of Names adds to a musical vocation, but unfortunately it is out of tune.[Full Review in Spanish
January 9, 2020
Girard's musically infused WWII drama struggles with familiarity and a tedious middle act.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 27, 2019
The script, based on the novel by classical music critic Norman Lebrecht, fails to fully redeem a film that, while pleasing and well-executed, can't connect to its audience in the first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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 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 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 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 3, 2020
At its center ... lies a tragic tale that should move us all. If only this song could sing beyond that single, forceful verse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 1, 2019
Too constrained in its forms. [Full review in Spanish]
December 23, 2019
I wonder if it plays differently to those who've read the book and can bring that context with them. This should be Dovidl's story. Martin's self-pity makes it his own instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 6, 2020
Any number of approaches would have likely yielded something far more incisive
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 2, 2020
Far from heightening the sense of mystery, the flashback construction renders the present-day dramatically inert, giving fine actors little to do save deliver exposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 2, 2019
[It] has some lovely music scored by the legendary Howard Shore, but this does little to deafen the dull narrative notes.
December 23, 2019
The kind of mediocre Holocaust drama that used to be taken more seriously in the 1990s, partly thanks to the Weinstein brothers and Miramax.
September 9, 2019
The biggest issues reside in a story where the revelations often seem blindingly obvious and the plot begs more questions than it answers.
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
December 26, 2019
The earnest piece is a contrivance, whose arty designs are merely pretensions.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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