Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    This tiny film is heartfelt, well made and worthy of attention.
  2. 75
    There's not much new in this Filipino film by longtime director Gil M. Portes. But it's so endearing that only a grouch wouldn't be charmed.
  3. Reviewed by: Marilyn Moss
    70
    Voices overcome some used story conventions to give it a very specific charm of its own.
  4. Features an excellent cast, in particular the child actors. These elements, as well as the director's light unsentimental touch, make the struggles and triumphs in Small Voices ring truthful.
  5. 60
    Despite its affinity for whimsy over realism, Small Voices effectively captures the embittered desperation and ragged dedication of its exploited teachers.
  6. A leisurely, understated film reminiscent of any number of Japanese counterparts featuring quietly heroic rural teachers. It is easy to label the film as slow, old-fashioned and sentimental, which it certainly is, but it has the tenacity of its heroine, the pretty and intelligent Melinda (Alessandra de Rossi).
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Latest pic directed by Gil M. Portes, could be called "To Madam With Love"; vet Filipino helmer is out to open maximum tear ducts with sentimental tale.
  8. Ultimately, however, a too-earnest script that pins the future of this community on a school-district singing contest, undercuts the film's natural performances and its sedate, contemplative pacing.
  9. 40
    The end is hardly in doubt, since this sweet-natured film treads a path worn smooth and hard by countless other tiny feet. Its message is as unimpeachable as it is familiar, differentiated from countless similar tales only by the Filipino setting.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. moammarm.
    Oct 24, 2005
    9
    I've seen this movie two years ago, and im so impressed. its a lot different from american movies, in the sense that they didnt invest I've seen this movie two years ago, and im so impressed. its a lot different from american movies, in the sense that they didnt invest much on props and stuffs like that, instead, they capitalized on a good plausible story and wonderful casts. Full Review »