"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