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Music from the Big House Reviews

June 15, 2012
Even with a gripping subject like blues-singing convicts, the documentary "Music from the Big House" has a disconcerting emotional distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 5, 2012
Don't look for Elvis in this stark musical doc set in a maximum security prison.
June 3, 2012
[It] gets across a general notion of music as universal solace. But the filmmakers hesitate at going deeper into the dark places of the prisoners' biographies and the storied prison itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2012
It finally feels too cautious, as if digging a little deeper might compromise the prevailing tone of tentative uplift.
April 5, 2012
McDonald's film ultimately boils down to being just another competent but slightly dull prison doc, albeit a toe-tapping one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2011
The performances are fun, if musically only adequate -- there are no evident virtuosi languishing within Angola's walls -- and Chiarelli's attempts to frame matters philosophically fall a little flat.
March 25, 2011
This is utterly sincere, and there is lasting value in getting violent men to turn their energies to peaceful expression: "When you're singing, you're not angry," Chiarelli says.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4