"The camera never tries to go beyond the surface, leaving that to the audience.
There are no scenes of emotional importance, rather the focus is on the
inane aspects of life. This has the effect of accumulation (much like a
pond ripple) giving a greater understanding to the week's events that would
have been seen if the emiotions were laid bare...Murmurs is very claustrophobic,
but through detached editing, distant mise-en-scéne and stark black
and white images the emotional distance between the characters is immense...this
ultimately powerful and revealing film is exciting proof that the best New
Zealand cinema does not have to be all whales and hobbits."
– Brannavan Gnanalingam, "New Zealand Films," Salient, 13, 2004
"Life in a Mt Victoria flat is observed with sly wit by Elric Kane and
Alexander Greenhough in their second low-budget, digital feature...[their]
new film measures out its observations in seven concise daily doses, accumulating
evidence that these flatmates have little to offer each other apart from
the rent and even that seems to have gone awry...though their unsparing
attention to the pitiful Amy may win Kane and Greenhough few friends, there's
no mistaking the shrewdness of their continuing take on asocial hetero behaviour
in twenty-something bohemia."
– Bill Gosden, 2004 New Zealand International Film Festival Programme