Meryl Streep received yet another Oscar nomination for this conventional biopic of the Harlem music teacher, directed by no other than horror maestro wes Craven.
| Original Score: C+
Meryl dominates the proceedings. She simply disappears into the role, and the movie, for all its educational impulses, becomes about watching her do it.
Doesn't revolve around a self-centered main character or possess the schmaltz of Mr. Holland's Opus.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Novice writer Pamela Gray has pumped this already-amazing story full of melodramatic embellishment and, in so doing, all but ruined its impact.
| Original Score: 3/5
The standard plotline of a teacher bearing the torch of liberal enlightenment to an educationally bereft group comes off rather dubiously here.
The inspiring true story of teacher Roberta Guaspari is given a conventional treatment in this decidedly uninspiring drama.
Audience-pleasing Music certainly is, but whether it comes from the heart or directly from the tearducts is another question.
You might be able to tell what direction the movie's headed in, but you'll never outguess Streep.
| Original Score: short
A woman at the end of her rope after she is deserted by her husband finds a path of the heart that enables her to share her gift with the world.
It may be premature to think Craven just doesn't spark outside the horror genre, but there's nothing here to suggest the opposite.
Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola.
Music of the Heart is nothing if not a change of pace, and, unfortunately, Craven doesn't appear entirely comfortable in these new surroundings.
| Original Score: 2/4
The disappointment in Music of the Heart comes from a strangely fragmented narrative that never quite commits to a central story.
| Original Score: 6/10
There really is a Roberta Guaspari, but this dull, wanly repetitive teacher movie fails to bring her story to life.
| Original Score: C-
Music is a calculated but effective film.
The movie's big payoff is largely earned, and does not spoil what is a genuinely inspirational movie.
Streep makes Guaspari's metamorphosis from self-pitying victim to impassioned activist seem effortless and, while a pro might spot flaws in her musicianship, her playing certainly looks and sounds genuine.
Craven sends the audience out feeling happy and inspired--which is the very reason why one would buy a ticket.
| Original Score: 3/4
One of the year's most heartfelt movies.
an inspirational story that finds its harmonies not without their share of dissonant notes.