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Alive Inside (2014)



Critic Consensus: It's somewhat clumsily expressed, but Alive Inside offers such an uplifting message that it's ultimately hard to resist.

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Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry, Be Happy"). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside's inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. (c) Bond/360more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Rossato-Bennett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2014
Box Office: $0.2M
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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

Music here seems to have a miraculous power to lift up, to awaken, to reinvigorate.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Equal parts heart-wrenching and heart-lifting ...

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The movie effectively bullies you into feeling good; with its hard sell and superfluous CG imagery, it might as well be a superhero movie.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie is at its best when documenting the reactions of various patients, which in some cases is nearly miraculous.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Alive Inside is a small but vibrant miracle. The documentary finds hope and joy in one of our nation's bleakest settings, nursing homes.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

In a world drowning in bad news about dementia - an estimated 5 million Americans currently suffer, 10 million serve as their caregivers, with both numbers inevitably going up - "Alive Inside" is positively tonic.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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