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Music of the Heart

In director Wes Craven's inspiring Oscar-nominated drama -- which is based on a true story -- a violinist and single mother struggles to convince the administration at an East Harlem high school to let her establish a music program.
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Meryl dominates the proceedings. She simply disappears into the role, and the movie, for all its educational impulses, becomes about watching her do it.
Derek Adams, Time Out  full review
Music of the Heart doesn't take you anywhere you haven't been before, but it's still an enjoyable ride.
Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News  full review
Music of the Heart is nothing if not a change of pace, and, unfortunately, Craven doesn't appear entirely comfortable in these new surroundings.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
One of the year's most heartfelt movies.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune  full review
Boring as it may have become for Meryl Streep to show up for awards ceremonies, count on her to be doing it again.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  full review
Some people will warm to Music of the Heart, and for those people the idea of criticizing the film will be like kicking a puppy.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
To see Streep's prickly pear of an instructor blossom along with her struggling students is a rare joy.
Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
Most movies claiming to be based on fact pour on the melodrama, but this one basically just sticks to the real story, which has all the emotional wallop that's needed.
Roger Ebert, At the Movies  full review
Solid raw material, but the execution is overcooked: The kids are cutesy, and Meryl Streep as Roberta is hyperaddled and indecisive about which outer-borough accent to affect.
Jessica Winter, Village Voice  full review
It may be premature to think Craven just doesn't spark outside the horror genre, but there's nothing here to suggest the opposite.
Tom Keogh,
Streep's extraordinary performance makes this the rare inspirational movie that actually is, well, inspirational.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  full review
A movie that tells a story not from some Hollywood swifty's febrile imagination, but rather from life.
Susan Stark, Detroit News  full review
I've always had a soft spot for teacher movies, and this one is high on my list.
Jay Carr, Boston Globe
All other credits are pro, with a special nod to Peter Deming's subtly nuanced camerawork.
David Stratton, Variety  full review
Music is a calculated but effective film.
Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz
For its first three laps, this inspirational - teacher movie moves too slowly, even with the head start I give inspirational - teacher movies.
Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle  full review
Another utterly bland lump of Hollywood crapola.
Overwrought tearjerker, directed without a shred of subtlety.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
There really is a Roberta Guaspari, but this dull, wanly repetitive teacher movie fails to bring her story to life.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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  • Release Year: 1999
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 123 min
  • Available From: Jun 09, 2012
  • Queued by: 97 people
Directed By
Wes Craven
Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer, Michael Angarano, Robert Ari, Aidan Quinn, Teddy Coluca, Angela Bassett