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Innocent Voices(Voces inocentes)

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Mexico, United States, Puerto Rico · 2004
Rated R · 2h 0m
Director Luis Mandoki
Starring Carlos Padilla, Xuna Primus, Leonor Varela, José María Yazpik
Genre Drama, War

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him

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L.A. Weekly by F. X. Feeney

Chilean-born actress Leonor Varela (TV's Cleopatra, a few seasons back) plays Chavo's mother, who, in her rage to see her children survive, powerfully embodies the film's moral center.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Mandoki has given us a powerful motion picture. Even those who disagree with the film's politics will be haunted by its message.


Dallas Observer by Jean Oppenheimer

Alternately heartrending and buoyant, tragic and sweetly humorous, the film leaves an indelible impression on the heart and mind. It's among the best of the year.


Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

The actors, all of whom seem too posed and pretty, are not particularly accomplished, and director Luis Mandoki lacks the visual imagination to bring the story to a boil.


Variety by Scott Foundas

While the respectable result is a more meaningful film than just about anything Mandoki worked on during his 17 years in Hollywood ("Angel Eyes," "Message in a Bottle"), pic suffers from an overindulgence of triumph-over-adversity cliches and a meandering narrative.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

It's only human to feel gripped, enraged, and even moved by the events depicted in Innocent Voices, a true account of one boy's experience in the crossfire of El Salvador's long, bloody civil war.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

As an outcry against the forcible conscription of children into armies around the world, Innocent Voices, is an honorable film. But as a balanced portrait of a tragic civil war, it is simplistic and opaque.

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