90

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
The dialogue — natural, vibrant and totally embedded in the moment, never sententious or showoff-y — is delivered with consummate believability by an excellent cast.
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90

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
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.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Mark Olsen
Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
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.
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70

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
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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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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