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The Music Never Stopped Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2011
This loosely adapted biopic drawn from the Dr. Oliver Sacks case study, The Last Hippie, resonates with the emotional power of music back in time to heal and awaken broken lives.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 11, 2011
It's really for anybody who loves their music -- whatever that music is -- so much that hearing it is enough to transport them to another time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2011
.. it's curious that a film essentially about the healing power of music can be so tone deaf about some of the particulars, this is a movie that some boomers will absolutely adore. Others should approach with caution.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
This heartily maudlin character study is sort of a crash course in Boomerology.
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
April 13, 2011
This fact-inspired story from the physician who gave us Awakenings mostly plays like a Lifetime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan W. Hickman
Paste Magazine
April 7, 2011
The treatment of the music alone makes the movie worth seeing, but the sophisticated nature of the narrative builds well on the musical foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
Austin O'Connor
AARP Movies for Grownups
April 5, 2011
Simmons has never been better than he is here, as he transforms Henry from a guy burdened with regret to one bursting with hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 3, 2011
... radiates good intentions and bland professionalism without ever becoming as moving or inspiring as it seems to want to be.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 2, 2011
Some will collapse in tears over this story. Others will remain stone-cold. And still others, like me, will land somewhere in the middle of these extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 1, 2011
A wounded and hopeful take on generation gaps and the wider, nearly unbridgeable chasms created by neurological disaster.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 1, 2011
The Music Never Stopped offers up a fairly predictable medical melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 1, 2011
A medley of "Memento," "The King's Speech" and "Hair," "The Music Never Stopped" is sentimental pop packaged as a profound rock opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 1, 2011
No matter what, Simmons is worth seeing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
March 31, 2011
The sentiments are real without succumbing to exaggerated sentimentality, thanks in large part to that big lovable lug, J.K. Simmons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2011
Kohlberg is determined to manipulate your emotions; he succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 31, 2011
It's sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 31, 2011
Director Jim Kohlberg misses a few beats, but more amplitude would have been appreciated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2011
Simmons's talents carry the film, elevating the work of his fellow actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 31, 2011
This sentimental father and son tale adapted from an Oliver Sacks essay by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks plays it altogether too genteelly for the turbulent times it depicts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Pais
March 31, 2011
Succeeds on the shoulders of Simmons, who's fantastically moving when Henry familiarizes himself with his son's favorite music as the lone remaining way to connect with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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