Alive Inside (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Alive Inside (2014)



Critic Consensus: It's somewhat clumsily expressed, but Alive Inside offers such an uplifting message that it's ultimately hard to resist.

Alive Inside Videos

Alive Inside Photos

Movie Info

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry, Be Happy"). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside's inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. (c) Bond/360

Watch it now


News & Interviews for Alive Inside

Critic Reviews for Alive Inside

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

Music here seems to have a miraculous power to lift up, to awaken, to reinvigorate.

August 21, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Equal parts heart-wrenching and heart-lifting ...

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

I would have preferred a documentary that did more presenting and less pushing. But...the music's vivifying effect on old souls made for some of the most moving scenes I've seen all year.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

The movie effectively bullies you into feeling good; with its hard sell and superfluous CG imagery, it might as well be a superhero movie.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie is at its best when documenting the reactions of various patients, which in some cases is nearly miraculous.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Alive Inside is a small but vibrant miracle. The documentary finds hope and joy in one of our nation's bleakest settings, nursing homes.

August 1, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Alive Inside

A fascinating and powerful documentary that should inspire emotions through viewers. It loses focus at times, but gets its message across, and succeeded in lifting my mood. Verdict: B+

Johnny  Kashmir
Johnny Kashmir

feel good movie that I'm surprised is at 73% considering its criticproofness. The filmmakers keep saying there is some sort of therapy in this music, and i understand it makes them feel better for a small time but it doesn't improve anything. Its a little anti rest home but doesn't make it seem that bad and doesn't try to hard.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

A documentary about what it means to get older in our society and what could be done to change things.

Marilena Georgiadou
Marilena Georgiadou

Alive Inside Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Alive Inside on our Movie forum!

News & Features