Music of the Heart

Critics Consensus

Meryl Streep's depiction of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things transcends, inspires, and entertains.



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When Roberta's husband left her for a family friend, she left the security of her small town and moved to East Harlem to give kids the hope, pride and power to make something of themselves with the most unlikely tool - fifty violins. After ten years of teaching, the school decided to cancel her funding. With the support of her friends and the community, she sets out to fight back.

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Meryl Streep
as Roberta
Jane Leeves
as Dorothea
Cole Hawkins
as Lawrence
Michael Angarano
as Nick `Young'
Henry Dinhoffer
as Lexi `Young'
Sandra Park
as herself
Socorro Santiago
as Lucy's Mother
Robert Ari
as Supervisor
Teddy Coluca
as Taxi Driver
Josh Pais
as Dennis Rausch
Mateo Gomez
as Manuelo Olivas
Gideon Jacobs
as Headlock Boy
French Napier
as Painter No. 1
Dominic Walters
as Justin Brady
Eva Loomis
as Vanessa Klein
Asease Korankyi
as Shandra Wilson
Asha Sapp
as Tanihsa
Olga Merediz
as Concepcion
Sam Fox Royston
as Leonard Hood
Betsy Aidem
as Mrs. Lamb
Rosalyn Coleman
as Mrs. Adisa
as Old Woman in Tenement Building
Myra Lucretia-Taylor
as Beverly Wilson
Hazel J. Medina
as Alice Crowley
Arthur French
as Ernie the Electrician
Naeem Jones
as Toussaint
Adam LeFevre
as Mr. Klein
Kirby Mitchell
as New Times Reporter
Karen Briggs
as herself
Majid R. Khaliq
as Naeem Adisa `Teen'
Omari Toomer
as DeSean `Teen'
Molly Gia Foresta
as Guadalupe `Teen'
Cristina Gomez
as Lucy `Teen'
Isabel Segovia
as Guadalupe's Grandmother
Isaiah Sheffer
as Carnegie Hall Staff Person
Isaac Stern
as himself
John McGinty
as Naval Officer
Edmund Wilkinson
as Man No. 1 with Sheetrock
Diane Monroe
as herself
Michael Tree
as himself
Tarik Lowe
as Teammate No. 1
Justin Daly
as Teammate No. 2
Kevin Miller
as Hall Boy
Julie Janney
as Flight Attendant
Barbara Gonzalez
as Janet's Secretary
Joshua Bell
as Himself
Rosalyn Benniman
as Woman at Opus Meeting
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Critic Reviews for Music of the Heart

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  • Jan 13, 2014
    Another one of these "teacher goes to the school of hard knocks" types of film. I recall that Richard Dreyfuss did the same thing continuing on the Mr. Chips theme. His film seems unnecessary and Meryl's otherwise good performance seems equally as unnecessary. We've seen this story before.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2012
    Music of the Heart is the inspiring tale of a music teacher who inspires her students to stop smoking drugs and prostituting and start playing music... and then murders them.
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    It was hard for me to sit through this film, because it was a big parade of wasted opportunities. The filmmakers had a good true story for their source material, good casting with Meryl Streep and most of the other actors, and best of all good music. But it was all lost on a terrible screenplay and clumsy direction from Wes Craven - who is evidently more comfortable with horror and suspense thriller movies. By the time the late Isaac Stern and other very famous real-life violinists walk onto the Carnegie Hall stage, I felt numbed and unaffected. This is terrible because, as a former violin student, that could have been the big fireworks ending. It wasn't.
    Jedd Y Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2010
    There is a lot of dramatic credibility attached to this film, which isn't warranted. Yes, Meryl Streep is the lead and she received an Oscar nomination for the role, but this film is less dramatic than much more soapy. This film falls into the sub-genre of "white woman saves inner city children" which also includes "Freedom Writers" and "Dangerous Minds," and overdone and quite manipulative genre that needs to be done away with. You will either find this true story enlightening and sweet hearted or overly dramatic, based on taste or being able to stomach racially motivated storylines. Though, in general, I find these kinds of films tedious and over the top, the last half hour did make me well up. Real life music teacher Roberta Guaspari is inspirational, and her story is at least treated with respect. It is also interesting to note this is the only film Wes Craven has directed that has nothing to do with horror or sci-fi, and for those unaware of his finesse, this is a great showcase of his talents. This is an entertaining film, if a little overdone in its execution.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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