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Alive Inside (2014)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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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


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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (7)

A documentary that never leaves any doubt about what comes next, while single-mindedly stumping for a cause presented as unique, is also not terribly interesting as a film.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Alive Inside's repetitive nature and lack of depth make it come across more like a fundraising effort than a movie ...

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Dan Cohen's crusade to bring music into nursing homes could be the leading edge of a monumental change in the way we approach the care and treatment of older people, especially the 5 million or so Americans living with dementia disorders.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source:
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Compellingly conveys how music - so intimately wedded to our emotions, and experiences - can help the severely ill elderly reconnect with themselves.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Michael Rossato-Bennett captures some amazingly transformative results in the treatment of dementia through music.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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Aging is inevitable but Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen believe that there can be hope and joy in it.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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obviously has a hugely worthy subject, so it is all the more infuriating that every time we're about to be transported with the power of his message, Rossato-Bennett yanks us back to earth with another haranguing lecture.

July 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Alive Inside is a charming and emotional documentary that dares us to think outside the box concerning the care and treatment of America's growing population of seniors.

July 19, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

No film I've seen better underlines the transcendental power and mysticism that music has over human emotions than Alive Inside...

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Inspiring tween-friendly docu on music's impact on memory.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Unfortunately, it's ... not a particularly good movie. In fact, at certain points it can be an actively annoying one.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source:

Incredibly moving and powerful documentary about combatting Alzheimer's with music. Without the use of a single CGI effect, you see literal miracles happening here.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An extraordinary documentary about the healing power of music as medicine for the soul.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

I think it's important to recognize what this film is trying to do: raise awareness about dementia and the mistreatment of patients.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The doc is heartwarming, but it doesn't delve deeply into the backstories that inform the ailing patients' connection to the music that stirs their memories.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

At times, Alive Inside's editing style, which renders subjects as before/after cases, skirts dangerously close to Dr. Oz-like Miracle Cure territory.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

It's difficult to carefully consider Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memorywhen it feels like a sappy high school video project.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source:

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