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 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.
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.
July 8, 2016
Neville never really convinces us that the beauty of the Silk Road's performances can change the world, but he does show that the music has changed the world of the performers themselves.
July 1, 2016
Commendable intentions be damned; one can't hear the music for the self-applauding.
June 29, 2016
What drives the narrative is the musicians' mutual desire to forge meaningful connections across cultures, an affirmative answer to Leonard Bernstein's question of whether music can truly serve as a "universal language."
June 23, 2016
"Strangers" offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don't need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all.
June 23, 2016
It's compelling, and of course the music, taken from all parts of the world and played by musicians on every sort of instrument, is intriguing.
June 23, 2016
An irresistible kaleidoscope of music and good fellowship ...
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 17, 2016
In The Music of Strangers, the sounds these gifted artists make are the truest expressions of themselves.
June 10, 2016
Much like "20 Feet from Stardom," the doc becomes a grabber whenever it focuses on the immensely skilled and unique individuals who form this melodic melting pot.
June 9, 2016
Neville is keenly aware of how to show the musicians' kinetic energy onscreen, and he relies on this talent to keep the film consistently alive and moving.
June 9, 2016
A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom.
June 9, 2016
"The Music of Strangers" is an aural celebration that's about using the past to break free of boundaries.
June 9, 2016
Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music.
June 9, 2016
If the screen went dark during "The Music of Strangers," that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy.
June 9, 2016
Morgan Neville's documentary is a joyous revelation, a group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another.
June 8, 2016
Not bad as an introduction to a group, but it makes for a lousy portrait of its members.