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  • Summary: Based on the true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres's embattled childhood, Luis Mandoki's Innocent Voices is the poignant tale of Chava (Padilla), an eleven-year-old boy who suddenly becomes the "man of the house" after his father abandons the family in the middle of a civil war in ElBased on the true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres's embattled childhood, Luis Mandoki's Innocent Voices is the poignant tale of Chava (Padilla), an eleven-year-old boy who suddenly becomes the "man of the house" after his father abandons the family in the middle of a civil war in El Salvador. (Slowhand Cinema Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 88
    Mandoki has given us a powerful motion picture. Even those who disagree with the film's politics will be haunted by its message.
  2. 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.
  3. 75
    Effective without being overwhelming.
  4. The many riveting moments will stay with you for days, and Padilla is well up to the task of carrying this intense story on his tiny shoulders.
  5. 63
    Not a happy time at the movies. It bears the distinction of bringing to the screen a dark nugget of history.
  6. 25
    War is hell, and so are bad movies about war.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. RenéS.
    Oct 24, 2005
    10
    The innocent voice and spirit of survival is strongly portrayed by Carlos Padilla (Chava), an 11-year-old boy who becomes the
  2. KevinyPaz
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    This was a great Movie, The Child actors were some of the best I have ever seen. Carlos Padilla did a great job in the lead roll, as did the This was a great Movie, The Child actors were some of the best I have ever seen. Carlos Padilla did a great job in the lead roll, as did the rest of the cast. Expand
  3. JGarcia
    Nov 3, 2005
    10
    This movie deserves an Oscar! A powerful movie that masterfully combines humor with history. I enjoyed every minute of it. All of the actors This movie deserves an Oscar! A powerful movie that masterfully combines humor with history. I enjoyed every minute of it. All of the actors were great especially the lead little boy -- amazing. Definitely a must see film. Expand
  4. DedeS.
    May 30, 2006
    10
    The best movie I ever seen. I like it so much! The first movie of my grade.
  5. SureshB.
    Jul 30, 2008
    10
    No words, Its a superb film, The best movie I ever seen.
  6. sjs
    Oct 30, 2005
    9
    I thought this film was powerful & moving and I am so glad to see it's finally in release, I want to tell everyone to go see it!
  7. Apr 7, 2015
    5
    The movie's plot and acting were great, especially for the child actors, given their age. However, the unneccesary slo-mos and other effectsThe movie's plot and acting were great, especially for the child actors, given their age. However, the unneccesary slo-mos and other effects intended to artificially introduce tension into scenes that were already very emotional ruined much of the movie for me. Expand

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