Making the Grade


Making the Grade (2017)



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MAKING THE GRADE invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

A gently amusing mosaic.

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Making The Grade is a little gem.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It may be difficult to refrain from tickling the ivories yourself upon leaving the screen.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The vision of the world expressed here is warm and lovely, full of irrepressible positivity. While all negativity is excluded from Wardrop's vision, life's darkness hovers outside the artfully constructed frame.

Apr 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Making The Grade is an undeniably pleasant overture, but slightly flat, and in need of a crescendo.

Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is truly life-affirming filmmaking.

Apr 18, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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