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This idealized tribute to a charismatic teacher who devotes himself to music appreciation has the same old-fashioned texture and sticky sentimentality as Goodbye Mr. Chips (of 1939), but Dreyfuss gives an effective, surprisingly restrained performance
An overwrought Disney weeper.
Though Patrick Sheane Duncan's screenplay goes in various directions and never develops a cohesive narrative, Herek keeps the story rolling along.
Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings.
A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat.
Who knew the director of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was capable of making a profoundly moving drama?
One of Dreyfuss' best performances EVER.
Doesn't hold up. The schmaltz doesn't work. What does "Play the sun" mean?
Yea, it is filled with cliches, but it still is an engaging outing.
'Mr. Holland's Boring Cliche'
Extraordinary movie about how a job can be transformed into a soul-satisfying vocation.
This is a great movie. I love it! I wish I had Mr. Holland as my music teacher :) So inspirational!
It's a sweet film about the sacrifices one must make. Richard Dreyfuss remains one of our more underrated actors.
As much as I like this film and, more specifically, like the performance of Richard Dreyfuss, there is one moment that absolutely makes my skin crawl. When Mr. Holland accompanies one of his students to the bus station as she leaves to pursue a music career in New York, he kisses her right smack dab on the lips! No, no, no, no, and hell no. A high school teacher does not and should not do that. If he does he should never teach again. Period. I don't care if he is having a midlife crisis. That's so very, very wrong.
At times mawkish and overly sentimental but still compulsively watchable. Dreyfuss gives a terrific performance aided by a cast who don't hit a wrong step. Of special note is a lovely cameo by Olympia Dukakis and a warm and wonderful turn from Glenne Headly in what could have been a thankless wife role but she makes it an essential part of the films success.
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