The Secret Life of Words

INJURED PARTY Polley ministers to Robbins.
INJURED PARTY Polley ministers to Robbins.

Time Out says

Some mysteries are better left raveled. That’s the lesson, though unintentional, of this doleful, nobly intentioned love story/sociopolitical melodrama hybrid. The mix works when the backstory of withdrawn factory girl Hannah (Polley) is an enigma; her gig as an oil-rig nurse, however, opens old wounds, and her penultimate-act confession (and a loquacious shrink played by Christie) can’t help but let the air out of the movie. I won’t spoil the secret, but the presence of noted do-gooder Tim Robbins is a tip-off. (Opens Fri 15; Quad.) — Mark Holcomb



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