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 problem with this film is that director Wes Craven is so intent on telling the story, its very seamlessness becomes a drawback.
Music isn't much more than elementary sentimentality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The main problem with Music of the Heart is that it's devoid of drama, making it an extremely difficult film to pigeonhole.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Overwrought tearjerker, directed without a shred of subtlety.
Some people will warm to Music of the Heart, and for those people the idea of criticizing the film will be like kicking a puppy.
Even if Music of the Heart brings a tear to your eye, you may still kick yourself for falling for such nonsense.
A derivative, formulaic piece of pseudo-inspirational melodrama.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
Unintentional humour, soapboxing, and slack direction mar Music of the Heart's second half.
Music of the Heart is Mr. Holland's Opus dumbed down and clichéd up.
The disappointment in Music of the Heart comes from a strangely fragmented narrative that never quite commits to a central story.
Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola.
It may be premature to think Craven just doesn't spark outside the horror genre, but there's nothing here to suggest the opposite.
There really is a Roberta Guaspari, but this dull, wanly repetitive teacher movie fails to bring her story to life.
| Original Score: C-