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Jalsaghar (The Music Room) Reviews

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

This production is an extraordinary mixture of distinctive Bengali culture and universal themes of emotional loss.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 8, 2011
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

It's a full-on Shakespearean tragedy that manages to be both critical of and sympathetic to its main character.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 9.4/10

August 17, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A remarkable film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A+

August 7, 2011
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

[Satyajit Ray's] most accomplished film up that time and many critics still hold it as the director's masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

August 3, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

both a nuanced psychological portrait of an aristocrat in decline and a showcase for India's best musical talent

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 28, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A surprisingly sympathetic elegy for the feudal class, or at least one of its sad representatives...the notion of lost legacy informs the film's distraught last word: 'blood.' [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2011
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Ray's social insight is not dimmed by treating his subject in this distant, allegorical manner; if anything it's intensified by the closer focus he's able to train on his characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 19, 2011
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Moving look at the power of music, shot with a rich visual style.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

July 5, 2011
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Like a lotus flower, Satyajit Ray's Jalsagbar (The Music Room) gently reveals its enigmatic central character

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

July 4, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Slow, rapt and hypnotic, it is -- given some appreciation of Indian music -- a remarkable experience.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

June 18, 2005
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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For all its exotic stimulations, it is an exceedingly simple, moving film, expressing a human dilemma that should be comprehensible to all.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 9, 2005
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

One of my favorite films, The Music Room bathes its viewers in Indian culture while remaining universally accessible with its masterful photography and stunning music.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 94/100

March 31, 2004

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A fine example of Ray's directorial mastery.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2003
James Berardinelli
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It's a fascinating snapshot of Indian culture in the 1930s, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of an inflated opinion of self-worth.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Newly available on video at last in a high-quality print, it is the story of a man who has been compared to King Lear because of his pride, stubbornness, and the way he loses everything that matters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Nelson
Nashville Scene

The director's moody visual style befits his complex look at a character not unlike Orson Welles' Charles Foster Kane--a misanthrope who, despite his wealth of toys, has doomed himself to living arrogantly impoverished and alone.

Full Review Source: Nashville Scene

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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A wonderful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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