• PG, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Jim Kohlberg
  • In Theaters:    Mar 18, 2011 Limited
  • On DVD:    Aug 2, 2011
  • Roadside Attractions

The Music Never Stopped Reviews

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2011

You'll undoubtedly feel something when watching a film like this, but not necessarily anything that hasn't been evoked more originally, and more effectively, elsewhere.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Hynes
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 15, 2011

Strain is evident elsewhere.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2011

.. it's curious that a film essentially about the healing power of music can be so tone deaf about some of the particulars, this is a movie that some ...baby boomers will absolutely adore. Others should approach with caution.

Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Andy Webster
New York Times
Top Critic
March 18, 2011

Presumably intended as an inspirational medical drama, this dated effort congeals into stale nostalgia. Mr. Simmons deserves better.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 31, 2011

Director Jim Kohlberg misses a few beats, but more amplitude would have been appreciated.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 31, 2011

This sentimental father and son tale adapted from an Oliver Sacks essay by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks plays it altogether too genteelly for the turbulent times it depicts.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
April 1, 2011

A medley of "Memento," "The King's Speech" and "Hair," "The Music Never Stopped" is sentimental pop packaged as a profound rock opera.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
March 17, 2011

The songs and a couple of strong performances are only good enough to make the film watchable, not exceptional.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
March 24, 2011

Meant to be about the soundtrack of our lives, and music as a form of connection, but it traffics only in cliches and screenwriting shortcuts.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 2, 2011

Some will collapse in tears over this story. Others will remain stone-cold. And still others, like me, will land somewhere in the middle of these extremes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 25, 2011

A good Sunday afternoon cable watch, but not much more than that.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
January 26, 2011

The Music Never Stopped isn't exactly good, but it's definitely better than you fear it is when you reach the halfway mark.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 16, 2011

Sketchy and heavy on the treacle.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Mohan
March 18, 2011

It's hard even to describe the film's plot without reflexively mocking its saccharine commodification of some really good music, but there are in fact a few fairly moving moments to be found.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
March 31, 2011

Kohlberg is determined to manipulate your emotions; he succeeds.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 1, 2011

The Music Never Stopped offers up a fairly predictable medical melodrama.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
April 13, 2011

This fact-inspired story from the physician who gave us Awakenings mostly plays like a Lifetime movie.

Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011

This heartily maudlin character study is sort of a crash course in Boomerology.

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