Little Voice


Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    Many of the elements in this story about a woman who's nearly eclipsed by her overbearing mother are all too familiar, yet the combination is utterly charming.
  2. 75
    Little Voice is unthinkable without the special and unexpected talent of its star.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    A slightly more light-hearted version of the "Shine" story. [4 December 1998, Friday, p.A]
  4. The movie is often as raucous and seedy as its less-attractive characters, but it gains power from inventive acting and poignant touches.
    Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    Little Voice is that rarity, a filmed adaptation of a stage play that actually works.
  6. British actress Jane Horrocks plays Little Voice, and it is a transfixing, tour de force performance.
  7. This terrific movie manages to invest kitchen-sink realism with the soul of a fairy tale.
  8. 88
    By offering opportunities to laugh, cry, and cheer, Little Voice satisfies in a big way.
  9. 80
    Taking it's framework from classic fairly-tale characters like Cinderella, the British story of Little Voice is one of compassion, humor and music.
  10. 70
    Jane Horrocks saves the annoyingly noisy Little Voice.
  11. They're great, every one of them, but the real joy of Little Voice is Horrocks: her impeccable evocation of a timid soul and that eerie voice that sounds so surprising coming out of her.
  12. The drawbacks to Little Voice might sink a lesser movie, but not this one.
  13. Ultimately, Little Voice comes to us from an indeterminate place that is no longer the theatre but not quite the movies. Let's call it music videoland -- best just to sit back and enjoy golden-oldie tunes belted out by a quicksilver mimic.
  14. Horrocks's phenomenal mimicry of musical grande dames...makes a splendid centerpiece for the otherwise more ordinary film built around it.
  15. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Engagingly offbeat. [4 December 1998, Life, p.13E]
  16. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A small picture with a big heart.
  17. 80
    The show that Horrocks puts on when she finally takes to the stage is more than worth the wait.
  18. The trick of this movie is that it's so changeable: You think you've got it nailed and it slithers away to become some other new, fabulous thing.
  19. Little Voice may be more of a confection than a square meal, but it's proof of how good a dish can be when the ingredients are of the highest order.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 30, 2010
    Michael Caine in a comedic role is irresistible (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Jane Horrocks I knew only as Bubble from Absolutely FabulousMichael Caine in a comedic role is irresistible (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Jane Horrocks I knew only as Bubble from Absolutely Fabulous (not my favorite character from that Series but definitely a stand out show). I had no expectations for this film but ended up enjoying it immensely. If nothing else it was a nice reprieve from all the standard American fare that year. Full Review »