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  • Summary: John (David Duchovny) and Brenda (Hope Davis) try to put their life together after the tragic death of their young daughter, Maria (Olivia Steele-Falconer). As they deal with their numbing grief, they discover a way to honor their daughter’s wish for health and well-being for all children. With the help of their community, led by good friend Bruce (Timothy Hutton), they establish a children’s hospital called the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a state of the art health facility that brings the whole family into the healing process. Instead of being torn apart by their tragedy, John and Brenda celebrate their very special daughter and help thousands of children and their families. [Arc Entertainment] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 30, 2014
    It’s a feel-good film with an infectious sense of fun and inspiration that brings out the best in people instead of catering to their lowest instincts.
  2. 50
    This story truly is inspirational and a lesson about civic responsibility. However, it makes for little more than a TV movie or a straight-to-video snack.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 31, 2014
    Unfortunately director Anthony Fabian prefers to dole out emotion in short bursts of superficial montage rather than fully dramatic scene work in which characters deepen through extended interaction. That leaves Louder Than Words feeling diffuse, choppy and cold rather than illuminative about how broken families heal after terrible loss.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Erickson
    Jul 29, 2014
    Louder Than Words obviously means well, but its brand of cheap uplift is the kind of cheese that actually breeds cynicism.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 31, 2014
    There’s a way to tell this story that wouldn’t come across as soggy or manipulative. However well intentioned, Louder Than Words doesn’t find that tone.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jul 31, 2014
    At every turn, the movie is less moving than the real-life events that inspired it.
  7. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Aug 5, 2014
    This is advertisement masquerading as a story, pretending to be a movie, but at the very least, it’s for a good cause.

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