The Music Never Stopped Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2011
This loosely adapted biopic drawn from the Dr. Oliver Sacks case study, The Last Hippie, resonates with the emotional power of music back in time to heal and awaken broken lives.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 11, 2011
It's really for anybody who loves their music -- whatever that music is -- so much that hearing it is enough to transport them to another time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
This heartily maudlin character study is sort of a crash course in Boomerology.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Paste Magazine
April 7, 2011
The treatment of the music alone makes the movie worth seeing, but the sophisticated nature of the narrative builds well on the musical foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
Austin O'Connor
AARP the Magazine
April 5, 2011
Simmons has never been better than he is here, as he transforms Henry from a guy burdened with regret to one bursting with hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 3, 2011
... radiates good intentions and bland professionalism without ever becoming as moving or inspiring as it seems to want to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 1, 2011
A wounded and hopeful take on generation gaps and the wider, nearly unbridgeable chasms created by neurological disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 1, 2011
No matter what, Simmons is worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
March 31, 2011
The sentiments are real without succumbing to exaggerated sentimentality, thanks in large part to that big lovable lug, J.K. Simmons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 31, 2011
It's sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2011
Simmons's talents carry the film, elevating the work of his fellow actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 31, 2011
Succeeds on the shoulders of Simmons, who's fantastically moving when Henry familiarizes himself with his son's favorite music as the lone remaining way to connect with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
March 22, 2011
Music brings family back together in moving drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 19, 2011
Skews to fantasy over fact, but when it blinks at you with those puppy-dog eyes, just see if you don't sniffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 18, 2011
The Music Never Stopped is often static and follows a familiar trajectory. Yet it has power, partly because Simmons does a fine job of showing how hurt Henry is that his taste didn't imprint on Gabe beyond grade school.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 18, 2011
Awash in sentiment and Grateful Dead music, this sap-fest may delight the susceptible, after a few visits to Bongland.
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 18, 2011
It sounds like TV-grade schmaltz, but it isn't, thanks to expertly astringent work by Simmons...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
A father-son drama that wraps a gripping neurological oddity in comfortably familiar movie sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 17, 2011
It's an audience-friendly drama about family, conflict and the healing power of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 17, 2011
A powerful, even shattering look as music's power to unite where it once divided.
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