Music Within (2007)



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

Movie Info

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. … More

Rating: R (for language including sexual references, and some drug content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bret McKinney, Mark Andrew Olsen, Kelly Kennemer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 8, 2008
Box Office: $0.1M


as Richard Pimentel

as Christine

as Art Honeyman

as Mike Stoltz

as Richard's Mom

as Ben Padrow

as Bill Austin

as Young Richard

as Richard's Dad

as Mr. Parks
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Critic Reviews for Music Within

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (20)

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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Pimentel's persistence and eventual triumph over prejudice and discrimination is a story worth telling, if only on a shoestring.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a nice little well-meaning idea for a movie, but even with three writers on the payroll, it never really catches fire.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

I wanted to like this film

October 29, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

After school special made watchable by the cerebral paulsy guy.

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.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

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