“ The last great title during this winning streak was the marvelously acted and directed drama "The Whisperers", a fascinating character study, a perceptive portrait of old age on the verge of senility, a rousing combination of lonely people, desperate poor persons, violent rogues and a parade of civil servants, all attempting to survive in a kingdom that once was an empire and now is plagued with struggles and confrontations.
“ Sad, dreary and moving .
“ Not to be overlooked was Eric Portman, who entered the movie about halfway through and he, too, was riveting.
“ There are many goo reasons to watch this gritty, incredibly depressing and yet rewarding film, but the biggest thrill for me was the unexpected cameo by Leonard Rossiter.
“ She seems to make the most of her drab atmosphere.
“ This was before Barry settled into that languid style when many of his scores seemed interchangeable.
“ As the other reviewers have pointed out, the film is filled with melodramatic cops and robbers plot elements that detract from the engrossing story of this aging woman.
“ This movie was indeed well-acted, but I found it too slow moving and depressing to possibly recommend to anyone other than acting students.
“ After a slow recovery, Social Services manages to contact her husband Archie and reunite them.
“ Dreary, dark, depressing .