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Touch The Sound Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2009
[A] fascinating portrait.
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Raven Snook
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A coy yet worthy profile of celebrated Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 2005
Touch the Sound is remarkable not only because of Glennie's story -- a clinically deaf Grammy-winning musician who has played with the world's great orchestras -- but for the way Riedelsheimer uses sound.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 2, 2005
The movie makes an interesting addition to what could become Riedelsheimer's evolving and extraordinary gallery of movies that bring the creative process to life.
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 2, 2005
It will be frustrating if you expect narrative and linear development. But if you take it on as a new point of view, valuable even if you don't completely comprehend it yet, Touch the Sound is worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 28, 2005
Riedelsheimer gives the viewer not only Glennie's music, but her own experience of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 28, 2005
[T]his is a film that leaves strong reverberations and a pleasant, sense-scrambled high.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tim Page
Washington Post
November 3, 2005
Unfortunately, a good deal of Touch the Music is devoted to vacuous interviews with Glennie, who seems positively incapable of saying anything substantial.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 14, 2005
Bold and often thrilling film.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2005
Beautifully shot and filled with gorgeous music, but one of the most inspiring things about it is the way it erases the idea of Glennie's deafness as a handicap.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2005
We listen to this film more intensely than is usually the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Like superior tracks on an exhausting double album, the individual moments of wonder in Touch The Sound are too powerful to dismiss.
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Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2005
There is a maddening sense of dislocation through much of the movie -- a feeling that genuinely fascinating questions have been squeezed out by woo-woo philosophizing and material (like Glennie's brief return to the family farm) of only minor import.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 9, 2005
A feast for the senses.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2005
A potent and imaginative creative biography of virtuoso percussionist Glennie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
September 8, 2005
We're led to experience her life as she does -- as an adventure in which setbacks are not challenges, but illuminations of untracked paths.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 7, 2005
This impressionistic documentary is a mystical exploration of the sensory world as experienced by a musician who lost most of her hearing as a teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 7, 2005
Call this a profile in courage.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 7, 2005
Educates in exhilarating ways, ways that are immediately applicable to how one lives one's life.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
September 6, 2005
It's rare that a documentary conveys an artist's worldview so compellingly, but then Glennie is no ordinary musician.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
September 1, 2005
Fans of the Grammy-winning musician will revel in the proximity to their idol, though second pic from talented helmer Thomas Riedelsheimer plays a tad long to those unfamiliar with his, or her, work.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2005
Rewarding, thought-provoking and subtly visceral.