| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: B
The Silence Before Bach is a movie in which to take refuge, and it abjures the summer heat of pop culture for a cool and lasting immersion in the miracles that people are and can create.
| Original Score: 4/4
The engaging enigma of The Silence Before Bach demonstrates an artistic wisdom that is as satisfying as it is challenging.
| Original Score: 3/4
Think of it strictly as a wonderful music video. Hey, Pink Floyd has a movie, so why not Bach?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
About as far away from a conventional composer biopic as Kraft's products are from real cheese.
The demolition of the music bio-pic as witnessed by Todd Haynes' I'm Not There and the parody Walk Hard continues robustly with this time-tripping melange from Spanish director Pere Portabella.
Provide[s] gorgeous lensing and art direction and some of the world's most beautiful music.
Like the music it celebrates, this is a film made in glory of the world.
| Original Score: 4/5
A slippery formal exercise of the kind that divides viewers into the enthralled and the infuriated.
Arguably stronger conceptually than visually, surreal mix of the unexpected and the banal is definitely not to everybody's taste. But the music is inarguably sublime.
At once cerebral film essay and unsweetened ear candy, Pere Portabella's The Silence Before Bach is nearly as tough to categorize as its maker.
The film swings back through history with its own delicate meshing of enchantment and mystery, contemplating a planet whether before Bach or in our own time 'of emptiness with no resonance.'
Brings Bach's music to life with a mysterious, magnificent blend of drama, documentary, and quasi-surrealist whimsy.
A dog watches its blind master tune a piano. It's only 10 minutes into The Silence Before Bach and already I am bored as that dog.
| Original Score: D
Driven solely by the filmmaker's prosaic associations. Portabella does not discover the composer through his music.
Twaddle pitched somewhere between a music appreciation class and a modernist experiment attesting to art's ability to ennoble the quotidian.
| Original Score: 2/4