Music of the Heart - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Music of the Heart Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Anne Daugherty
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
The problem with this film is that director Wes Craven is so intent on telling the story, its very seamlessness becomes a drawback.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Music isn't much more than elementary sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The main problem with "Music of the Heart" is that it's devoid of drama, making it an extremely difficult film to pigeonhole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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+
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Overwrought tearjerker, directed without a shred of subtlety.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Some people will warm to Music of the Heart, and for those people the idea of criticizing the film will be like kicking a puppy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 1, 2000
Even if Music of the Heart brings a tear to your eye, you may still kick yourself for falling for such nonsense.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
A derivative, formulaic piece of pseudo-inspirational melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 1, 2000
Unintentional humour, soapboxing, and slack direction mar Music of the Heart's second half.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Music of the Heart is Mr. Holland's Opus dumbed down and clichéd up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola.
Top Critic
Tom Keogh
Film.com
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
May 28, 2003
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
February 14, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Noel Murray
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

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January 1, 2000

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