Music From the Inside Out
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The intersection of art and life are at the core of 'Music From the Inside Out,' a provocative 90-minute musical journey through the lives of the 105 musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. It is the Orchestra's first film appearance since Disney's 'Fantasia' in 1940. While 'Music From the Inside Out' is about the many people within the ensemble, it is ultimately an intimate musical journey. Each musician's story reveals a struggle to maintain individuality, to test musical boundaries, and to choose the path of an artist. Told without host or narrator, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is 90 minutes in the company of some of the nicest and most boring people you can imagine ever having a movie made about them."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Those who prefer a little meat on their documentary bones may come away hungry."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"'s the musical journey more than the final destination that pulls us along."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The film is especially valuable to people with limited knowledge of a major orchestra because it breaks the culture apart and gives its many voices individuality and intimacy."
‑ R. M. Campbell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"We hear all kinds of comments -- about personal satisfactions, dissatisfactions, rewards."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Music from the Inside Out is not so much about the people, but about what they create, and it's at its most effective when the talking stops."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"...undramatic and exceedingly pleasant, like eavesdropping at a dinner of intelligent craftspeople trading their best anecdotes."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"It's nice to know that these one-time band nerds now have such a warm and rewarding, if challenging, community."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It doesn't attempt to neatly summarize the musical experience. Anker gives the players free rein to express their wonderment."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A couple of moments worth watching with some insightful thoughts on what makes musicians tick. But, the overwhelming majority of the film does't inspire or entertain. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"These obviously very talented musicians haven't been chosen for their charisma, but their experience and perspective reveals much about the passion and technique of performance."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Doesn't quite answer the 'why' of music, but delights by allowing us to get to know the individuals of the Philadelphia Orchestra."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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