In Search of Mozart
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Filmmaker Phil Grabsky speaks with the most celebrated orchestras and musicians on the planet to explore the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the first-ever feature-length documentary about the 18th century composer. Over eight works by Mozart are presented chronologically in order to draw distinct parallels between the composer's music and his remarkable life. Lovingly crafted and never weighed down by history, Grabsky's film is designed to be enjoyed by classical-music enthusiasts as well as the casual fan. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Trailer

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This thorough and insightful 2006 documentary presents a more rounded and compelling view of the high-spirited genius."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Educational, but not exactly inspiring."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Perhaps the neatest thing about Phil Grabsky's In Search of Mozart is that after watching it for more than two hours your first impulse is to rush to the Internet and download a slew of Mozart recordings."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"There's nothing particularly innovative about the film, but it does what a two-hour documentary can."
‑ Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix
"Doesn't exhibit the imagination of some of Tony Palmer's films on musicians, [but] Grabsky is certainly to be congratulated on his dedication, sensitivity and good taste."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The film effectively usurps the images left by Milos Forman's artful yet not entirely factually accurate Amadeus."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Setting the record straight literally and figuratively, In Search of Mozart is an adamantly linear, myth-busting stride through a prodigiously talented life."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Invigorating celebration of the great composer's life and music."
‑ Phil Hall, IdentityTheory
"Dry, repetitive and didactic."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Lacks anything new to say but provides a primer of sorts for those unfamiliar with classical music."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"More rewarding musically than cinematically."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The amount of detail further enhances our understanding of both the genius and the man."
‑ Raven Snook, Time Out
"wisely keeps us anchored (and fascinated) with the human side of his subject"
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Filmed with affection, taste, warmth and, yes, truth."
‑ R. M. Campbell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The documentary lacks some of the emotional impact you would get from a dramatic interpretation, but it makes up for that with the music."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
More reviews for In Search of Mozart on Rotten Tomatoes