• PG, 2 hr. 22 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Herek
    In Theaters:
    Dec 29, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 24, 1999

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Mr. Holland's Opus Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety | Original Score: B-

January 29, 2007
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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

January 23, 2006
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Who knew the director of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was capable of making a profoundly moving drama?

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2005
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

One of Dreyfuss' best performances EVER.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2005
Fred Topel
About.com

Doesn't hold up. The schmaltz doesn't work. What does "Play the sun" mean?

| Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Yea, it is filled with cliches, but it still is an engaging outing.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 21, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

'Mr. Holland's Boring Cliche'

| Original Score: 1/5

February 23, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Extraordinary movie about how a job can be transformed into a soul-satisfying vocation.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 21, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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An overwrought Disney weeper.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2005
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2004
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 4/4

May 18, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2003
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2000
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