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82

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 6, 2013
    90
    The dialogue — natural, vibrant and totally embedded in the moment, never sententious or showoff-y — is delivered with consummate believability by an excellent cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 18, 2013
    90
    Big Words is an engrossing, coming-of-middle-age drama that shows how disappointment can fester and derail a life. By the end, hope and change seem possible but far from guaranteed.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 16, 2013
    83
    Big Words at times seems like it's heading towards a microbudget version of "Hustle and Flow," but Drumming aims for a much smarter and subdued look at the various regrets and hang-ups haunting men of a certain age. Their blackness is only one piece of the puzzle.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jul 25, 2013
    80
    Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    Marked by incisive characterizations and fine performances, Big Words is aptly titled, referring not only to the name of one of its lead characters but also to the torrent of dialogue driving its skimpy but evocative narrative.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    Drumming doesn't quite have the skills to finesse the varying tones demanded by his textured script...and he could have taken one more pass on smoothing out character arcs, which are too truncated to be believable in a few cases. Still, the ensemble cast is fantastic, and Drumming is a talent to watch.

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