Mr. Holland's Opus Reviews

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Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
January 29, 2007
This idealized tribute to a charismatic teacher who devotes himself to music appreciation has the same old-fashioned texture and sticky sentimentality as Goodbye Mr. Chips (of 1939), but Dreyfuss gives an effective, surprisingly restrained performance
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 21, 2006
Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat.
| Original Score: 9/10
Michael Dequina
September 10, 2005
Who knew the director of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was capable of making a profoundly moving drama?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 22, 2005
One of Dreyfuss' best performances EVER.
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Doesn't hold up. The schmaltz doesn't work. What does "Play the sun" mean?
| Original Score: 2/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 21, 2003
Yea, it is filled with cliches, but it still is an engaging outing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 23, 2003
'Mr. Holland's Boring Cliche'
| Original Score: 1/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Extraordinary movie about how a job can be transformed into a soul-satisfying vocation.
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
An overwrought Disney weeper.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
May 11, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 18, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 24, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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