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Touch The Sound Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper
November 3, 2004
The film is a paean to the variety of sound in our world, sound that we experience very differently from how Evelyn Glennie does.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Christopher Null
May 7, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
September 6, 2005
Doesn't touch Glennie's greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Strini
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 31, 2005
Riedelsheimer sees Glennie as an angel of hyperawareness and possessor of special spiritual wisdom.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tim Page
Washington Post
November 3, 2005
Unfortunately, a good deal of Touch the Music is devoted to vacuous interviews with Glennie, who seems positively incapable of saying anything substantial.
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Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2005
There is a maddening sense of dislocation through much of the movie -- a feeling that genuinely fascinating questions have been squeezed out by woo-woo philosophizing and material (like Glennie's brief return to the family farm) of only minor import.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2005
We listen to this film more intensely than is usually the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 1, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2005
This concentration on the physical quality of sounds is a mesmerizing corroboration of Glennie's belief that tones, timbre, and tempo are in "everything we see."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
October 30, 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 | Original Score: B-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2009
[A] fascinating portrait.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2005
It's a spacious, hauntingly meditative film that thankfully does not dwell on the implications of Glennie's deafness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Raven Snook
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A coy yet worthy profile of celebrated Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
September 7, 2005
Educates in exhilarating ways, ways that are immediately applicable to how one lives one's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 7, 2005
This impressionistic documentary is a mystical exploration of the sensory world as experienced by a musician who lost most of her hearing as a teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 9, 2005
A feast for the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2005
Beautifully shot and filled with gorgeous music, but one of the most inspiring things about it is the way it erases the idea of Glennie's deafness as a handicap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 2, 2005
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.
| Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3/4

Boston Phoenix
October 15, 2005
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