Music of the Heart - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Music of the Heart Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 4, 2015
The vacuous but well-meaning pic is poorly executed and seems as if it were a TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
May 13, 2014
Touching story about a determined teacher has mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
February 12, 2013
Meryl Streep received yet another Oscar nomination for this conventional biopic of the Harlem music teacher, directed by no other than horror maestro wes Craven.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Meryl dominates the proceedings. She simply disappears into the role, and the movie, for all its educational impulses, becomes about watching her do it.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 2, 2004
Doesn't revolve around a self-centered main character or possess the schmaltz of Mr. Holland's Opus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Novice writer Pamela Gray has pumped this already-amazing story full of melodramatic embellishment and, in so doing, all but ruined its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kay Dickinson
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
The standard plotline of a teacher bearing the torch of liberal enlightenment to an educationally bereft group comes off rather dubiously here.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The inspiring true story of teacher Roberta Guaspari is given a conventional treatment in this decidedly uninspiring drama.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Audience-pleasing Music certainly is, but whether it comes from the heart or directly from the tearducts is another question.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
You might be able to tell what direction the movie's headed in, but you'll never outguess Streep.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A woman at the end of her rope after she is deserted by her husband finds a path of the heart that enables her to share her gift with the world.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Boring as it may have become for Meryl Streep to show up for awards ceremonies, count on her to be doing it again.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
The disappointment in Music of the Heart comes from a strangely fragmented narrative that never quite commits to a central story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Music of the Heart is nothing if not a change of pace, and, unfortunately, Craven doesn't appear entirely comfortable in these new surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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January 1, 2000
Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola.
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Most movies claiming to be based on fact pour on the melodrama, but this one basically just sticks to the real story, which has all the emotional wallop that's needed.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
It may be premature to think Craven just doesn't spark outside the horror genre, but there's nothing here to suggest the opposite.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Based on a true story, this one's got plenty of heart.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
There really is a Roberta Guaspari, but this dull, wanly repetitive teacher movie fails to bring her story to life.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Meryl Streep delivers a polished, virtuoso performance that could earn her another well-deserved Oscar nomination, while Angela Bassett, Gloria Estefan, and Aidan Quinn deliver strong support.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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