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

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.
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 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.
July 8, 2016
...ultimately unsatisfying, offering a little bit of this and a little bit of that without ever making much of an impression.
July 7, 2016
These musicians' backstories are not uninteresting, but they feel like tangential subjects. Neville's attention wanders throughout his movie.
July 1, 2016
Commendable intentions be damned; one can't hear the music for the self-applauding.
June 24, 2016
This is pleasant, of course, and who doesn't believe that music is the true universal language? But 96 minutes of uplift is a lot.
June 23, 2016
These are all appealing and interesting folks, and it would be nice to have a beer with any of them (I have in fact done so in one case). From the filmmaker, one expects a little more.
June 8, 2016
Not bad as an introduction to a group, but it makes for a lousy portrait of its members.