Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony Reviews

March 24, 2016
The film rarely lets you contemplate the music without competition from strong images, and another five or so minutes could have offered background to the work itself. But like Beethoven's, this Ninth leaves you wanting more.
December 23, 2013
The film is badly overconceived, especially when Candaele divides her subjects' stories into five chapters based on the symphony's respective movements, but the personal reminiscences are stirring and occasionally heartbreaking.
December 20, 2013
Writer-director Kerry Candaele incisively documents the ideological legacy of opus 125 in Chile, China and Germany.
November 21, 2013
Despite the good intentions, structurally it's all over the place with an excess of montages, archival footage, interviews and information practically drowning out any chance to appreciate the richness of the German composer's beloved achievement.
November 2, 2013
A perceptive look at how the "Ode to Joy" served as an anthem for liberation struggles, something Beethoven clearly intended as a partisan of the French Revolution.
November 1, 2013
All the film's segments are smartly assembled and gracefully paced. Oh, and the score's pretty good, too.
October 31, 2013
Each anecdote builds upon the next to create that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.