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Touch The Sound (2004)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 44
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Not only does this documentary introduce viewers to Glennie, it gives them a taste of how she perceives the world.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Not only does this documentary introduce viewers to Glennie, it gives them a taste of how she perceives the world.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 16,322


Movie Info

Evelyn Glennie is one of the world's most celebrated percussionists, and has produced acclaimed work in the classical, pop, and avant-garde fields. Glennie's collaborators include Icelandic avant-pop darling Bjrk, bluegrass-turned-jazz virtuoso Bla Fleck, the traditional Japanese ensemble Kodo, and pianist Murray Perahia. What makes Glennie's accomplishments all the more remarkable is the fact she is "profoundly deaf" -- a neurological disorder that surfaced in her childhood robbed her of most … More

Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By:
Thomas Riedelsheimer
In Theaters:
May 30, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Touch The Sound

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (6) | DVD (4)

[A] fascinating portrait.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A coy yet worthy profile of celebrated Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Touch the Sound is remarkable not only because of Glennie's story -- a clinically deaf Grammy-winning musician who has played with the world's great orchestras -- but for the way Riedelsheimer uses sound.

December 8, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The movie makes an interesting addition to what could become Riedelsheimer's evolving and extraordinary gallery of movies that bring the creative process to life.

December 2, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

It will be frustrating if you expect narrative and linear development. But if you take it on as a new point of view, valuable even if you don't completely comprehend it yet, Touch the Sound is worth the trip.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Riedelsheimer gives the viewer not only Glennie's music, but her own experience of it.

Full Review… | November 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Thomas Riedelsheimer's portrait of deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie is an absolute masterwork, both of filmmaking and of musicianship.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

It doesn't help when Glennie tries to elucidate her feelings about nature and music in holistic, broad strokes that border on nonsense.

Full Review… | May 7, 2006

A documentary that artfully blends sound, image and biography.

January 13, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

Riedelsheimer sees Glennie as an angel of hyperawareness and possessor of special spiritual wisdom.

December 31, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a contemplative piece of work that will leave you questioning the nature of what is audible -- particularly those parts that 'hearing' people tend to tune out or ignore.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Jam! Movies

Touch the Sound is a completely joyful moviegoing experience and, like the best movies, it takes you to a place you've never been.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005
St. Paul Pioneer Press

You may find your own sense of hearing transformed by this global tour of the senses.

Full Review… | November 4, 2005

They get some amazing sounds from unusual sources... This film is a visual and auditory experience.

Full Review… | November 4, 2005

You'll either sail along with it contentedly, or you'll start to think halfway through that maybe the movie could have been a lot shorter and made its points just as well.

Full Review… | October 30, 2005

An often-lovely impressionistic look at the life of a famous avant-garde percussionist who generates a wonderful world of sound, despite being deaf.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A film that succeeds both as biography and poetic travelogue.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Touch The Sound

[font=Century Gothic]"Touch the Sound" is an illuminating documentary about Evelyn Glennie, a world class percussionist. It traces her creating her unique music both on her own and with collaborators from the streets of New York City to a disused factory in Cologne, Germany to Japan. Drums and a gong are the more traditional instruments used. Glennie makes use of pretty much everything under the sun.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Now, here is the twist: Glennie is severely hearing impaired.(She does not use a hearing aid because she can hear her music better through her sense of touch. This might explain why she performs barefoot...) Glennie's hearing impairment adds a whole another dimension to this documentary. Like the people in "Murderball", she takes a disability and turns it back on itself. Also, the movie made me think about how we hear the sounds around us. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Thomas Riedelsheimer uses the same visual style he employed in "Rivers and Tides." There is great photography, especially of New York City.[/font]
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I think it goes to prove that you can make a living and be a total weirdo. This woman should hook up with the Soundtracker. He hasn't figured out how to go around listening to things and make money off of it.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Interesting exploration of sound in a documentary about Evelyn Glennie, world class percussionist. Doubly interesting because she's also deaf.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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