Music of the Heart Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Meryl dominates the proceedings. She simply disappears into the role, and the movie, for all its educational impulses, becomes about watching her do it.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Music of the Heart doesn't take you anywhere you haven't been before, but it's still an enjoyable ride.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Music of the Heart is nothing if not a change of pace, and, unfortunately, Craven doesn't appear entirely comfortable in these new surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
The tone of inspirational uplift is familiar from movies like Stand and Deliver and Mr. Holland's Opus -- which is to say, it's familiarly awful.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
One of the year's most heartfelt movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Boring as it may have become for Meryl Streep to show up for awards ceremonies, count on her to be doing it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Melinda Bargreen
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Makes a good case for its message, about the value of music education and the eternal precariousness of its funding.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
To see Streep's prickly pear of an instructor blossom along with her struggling students is a rare joy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Most movies claiming to be based on fact pour on the melodrama, but this one basically just sticks to the real story, which has all the emotional wallop that's needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The key to Meryl Streep's fine performance is that she makes Guaspari unheroically ordinary. Ultimately that makes her even more extraordinary.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Solid raw material, but the execution is overcooked: The kids are cutesy, and Meryl Streep as Roberta is hyperaddled and indecisive about which outer-borough accent to affect.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It may be premature to think Craven just doesn't spark outside the horror genre, but there's nothing here to suggest the opposite.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Streep's extraordinary performance makes this the rare inspirational movie that actually is, well, inspirational.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A movie that tells a story not from some Hollywood swifty's febrile imagination, but rather from life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
I've always had a soft spot for teacher movies, and this one is high on my list.
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David Stratton
Variety
January 1, 2000
All other credits are pro, with a special nod to Peter Deming's subtly nuanced camerawork.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Music is a calculated but effective film.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
This is really a showcase for Streep, who makes the well-trodden formula sing anew.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
For its first three laps, this inspirational - teacher movie moves too slowly, even with the head start I give inspirational - teacher movies.
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January 1, 2000
Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Overwrought tearjerker, directed without a shred of subtlety.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
There really is a Roberta Guaspari, but this dull, wanly repetitive teacher movie fails to bring her story to life.
Full Review | Original Score: C-