A Song for Martin

Critics Consensus

Grueling but honest depiction about the ravages of Alzheimer's. Yep, it's a downer.



Total Count: 27


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User Ratings: 1,048
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Movie Info

Famous composer Martin meets concertmaster Barbara at one of his performances, and the two fall in love. After divorcing their spouses, Martin and Barbara marry and begin a happy life together. Five years later, as the couple are working on a new opera, Martin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As Martin's condition worsens and his personality changes, the couple strain to hold on to the love that once brought them together.

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Critic Reviews for A Song for Martin

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (4)

  • August ... steers this story to its stirring conclusion with firm lack of sentimentality.

    Jul 19, 2003 | Full Review…
  • It may sound like a mere disease-of- the-week TV movie, but A Song For Martin is made infinitely more wrenching by the performances of real-life spouses Seldahl and Wollter.

    Jun 6, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • Full of unforgiving irony and quiet realism, A Song for Martin stands as a powerful and moving achievement.

    Aug 31, 2002 | Rating: B+
  • More honest about Alzheimer's disease, I think, than Iris.

    Jul 19, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget.

    Jul 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4
  • The movie, for all its sincerity, becomes clinical and repetitious, though its unsparing vision of the fragility of identity can give you a shudder.

    Jul 11, 2002 | Rating: B-

Audience Reviews for A Song for Martin

  • Jan 24, 2012
    This one was tough to watch, as a man who had been a brilliant composer slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's and his wife tried her best to keep him going. Absolutely brilliant portrayal by Steven Wollter as Martin and Viveka Seldahl as Barbara. The supporting cast was excellent and the emotions were never far from the surface. The music was divine. An altogether well done film.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2010
    A very well acted, written, & directed film about a romance fighting a losing battle with an untreatable disease. The film itself is slow paced, but heavy on emotions since it addresses the progressive deterioration of the man's health, and it's crippling effect on him and his family. Even though the two met and fell in love while they were married to other people, you still feel bad for what they endure throughout the film. The two lead actors, and the supporting cast, did a great job to make this production a memorable one.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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