The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Reviews

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September 26, 2017
No documentary on this subject could be wholly without merit, but The Music of Strangers is at best an introduction for audiences who will want to learn and hear much more.
September 11, 2017
[Filmmaker Morgan Neville] knows a great music doc needs to feature not only wonderful music, but also dynamic personalities to perform it, and The Music of Strangers is incredibly rich in both.
August 29, 2017
Director Morgan Neville's documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble exuberantly celebrates global music.
August 16, 2017
[Music] both nourish and help meld our disparate souls. And sometimes that's enough.
March 15, 2017
Recommended audience: Music fans everywhere.
January 27, 2017
At the centre of it Ma is a studied, unrevealed figure, while the rehearsals and jam sessions create a joyous glow of affirmation that overwhelms a deeper sense of inquiry; the longer the film goes on, the less it has to say.
January 16, 2017
This film got me to thinking about how musicians and other artists, as well as scientists seem to be able to cooperate very well in a world increasingly being torn apart by political and religious extremism and xenophobia.
January 11, 2017
There's an implicit tension between Ma's laid-back manner and the driven perfectionist we know he must be, but the film has limited scope to explore this, sticking as it does to a glossy, advertorial mode.
January 6, 2017
As one musician says, a piece of music can't stop a bullet. But this engaging film is a vote for culture, a vote against xenophobia.
December 6, 2016
Upbeat first-rate musical documentary that proclaims it is through music that the world might best be able to connect in a peaceful way.
November 18, 2016
This soul-refreshing documentary celebrates difference as a beautiful thing vital to making great art, and for making a better world for everyone.
November 17, 2016
Earnest and occasionally engrossing.
November 17, 2016
It's admirably high-minded, and internationalism and openness have never been needed more. But I must admit to finding this ... not complacent exactly, but perhaps too serenely self-regarding.
November 16, 2016
The focus is on the individuals, emphasising the unifying power of song - as well as Ma's humanitarianism.
November 16, 2016
The Music of Strangers serves as something of an important reminder of what cultures can achieve when collaborating.
November 15, 2016
Neville weaves the strands of his documentary together like the silk of its title, connecting disparate ideas to create a concept of culture that is strong, attractive and, above all, still of great use to humanity.
October 25, 2016
A joyous, intelligent and moving journey, but above all else it's a celebration of music and its unique power to transcend boundaries and unite us all.
July 11, 2016
Music and cinema are both universal languages. I can't think of another film that blends the best of these audio and visual worlds into a most enjoyable adventure about mixed cultures and disparate lives that becomes the sum of much more than its parts.
July 8, 2016
As more than one of the performers notes, music transcends culture, history and even language.
July 8, 2016
...ultimately unsatisfying, offering a little bit of this and a little bit of that without ever making much of an impression.
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