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Music Within (2007)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 28

Music Within is a well-intentioned but pedestrian production of a story that deserves better treatment.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

Music Within is a well-intentioned but pedestrian production of a story that deserves better treatment.



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The story of celebrated public speaker Richard Pimentel comes to the screen in this biographical drama starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Rebecca De Mornay, and Hector Elizondo. As a young man, Pimentel (Ron Livingston) realized he had a remarkable gift for public speaking. Pimentel's idol is College Bowl founder Dr. Padrow (Elizondo), but upon trying out for Dr. Padrow, the ambitious young speaker is informed that he won't have anything to talk about until he has lived a full life.



Kelly Kennemer, Bret McKinney, Mark Andrew Olsen

Apr 8, 2008


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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (28) | DVD (2)

The real world needs more dogged folks willing to tilt at windmills. But movies often don't do their stories justice, and that has happened again here.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Pimentel's persistence and eventual triumph over prejudice and discrimination is a story worth telling, if only on a shoestring.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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Salawich's film is entertaining and leaves you with warm feelings from learning about this man who turned adversity into good for so many others.

November 9, 2007
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This offbeat biopic is driven by Ron Livingston's engaging performance as Richard Pimentel, a gifted public speaker who lost his hearing in the Vietnam war and then spearheaded the disability rights movement in the U.S.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is a nice little well-meaning idea for a movie, but even with three writers on the payroll, it never really catches fire.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
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I wanted to like this film

October 29, 2007 | Comment (1)
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Low on drama, but funny, with interesting characters, good performances and is uplifting without being too sweet.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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It's just too bad that the pious treatment given the deserving Pimentel never translated into a more engaging film.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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With period songs galore to tell you exactly what's going on inside protagonist Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston), you hardly need plot or dialogue.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It gives me no pleasure to report that the [Richard] Pimentel biopic Music Within plays like a well-intentioned TV movie.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

If you're looking for one-dimensional, uplifting pap, Music Within fits the bill. It's watchable. Pimentel is obviously a really interesting guy, and it's a shame his tale wasn't told with a bit more flair.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies agreeable though entirely uneven piece of work...

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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When the subject is not well-known, and the film about his life is unremarkable, the whole thing starts to feel like an exercise in futility.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source:

Both Pimental and the audience would have been better served if his life were told as a PBS documentary.

November 7, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The low-budget Music Within may not entirely work on the outside, but at its core beats a very funny, very smart and very moving heart of gold.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

This is a heroic tale in many respects, but it's handled here with the heavy hand of television-quality hagiography.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It hits some of the right notes, but at the wrong time and the overall effect is a song out of tune.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Second-time director Steven Sawalich's "music" presumably still resides inside him because it doesn't resound in his Music Within message movie.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Leaves no cliche unturned and has no point of view.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Music Within

The story of a guy that is remarkable and accomplished great things. Although at times I feel the story is too much about his personal life than his professional life which brings his accomplishments. Some great people's lives do not make great movies.
June 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

After school special made watchable by the cerebral paulsy guy.
April 22, 2008
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Could this story have been told better? Yes! But, fantastic performances by Ron Livingston and Michael Sheen. Makes the movie worth your time. This story deserved to be told and I am so glad it finally was.
December 1, 2012
Jason Reneau

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Amazing! This movie centralizes around one man who works for the benefits and rights of all disabled individuals. It begins with war veterans and helping them get jobs, then eventually to all people. The story plot begins from back in the early 70's to the early 90's. Great cast: Clint Jung, Michael Sheen, and John Livingston. A must-see!
June 5, 2008
Leo L

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    1. Richard Pimentel: Most people die with the music still within them.
    – Submitted by Ann R (3 years ago)
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