Music of the Heart
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When Roberta's husband left her for a family friend, she left the security of her small town and moved to East Harlem to give kids the hope, pride and power to make something of themselves with the most unlikely tool - fifty violins. After ten years of teaching, the school decided to cancel her funding. With the support of her friends and the community, she sets out to fight back.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"Touching story about a determined teacher has mature themes."
‑ Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
"Novice writer Pamela Gray has pumped this already-amazing story full of melodramatic embellishment and, in so doing, all but ruined its impact."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Audience-pleasing Music certainly is, but whether it comes from the heart or directly from the tearducts is another question."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The tone of inspirational uplift is familiar from movies like Stand and Deliver and Mr. Holland's Opus -- which is to say, it's familiarly awful."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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
"Meryl Streep received yet another Oscar nomination for this conventional biopic of the Harlem music teacher, directed by no other than horror maestro wes Craven."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The standard plotline of a teacher bearing the torch of liberal enlightenment to an educationally bereft group comes off rather dubiously here."
‑ Kay Dickinson, Sight and Sound
"You might be able to tell what direction the movie's headed in, but you'll never outguess Streep."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"One of the year's most heartfelt movies."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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, Film.com
"Doesn't revolve around a self-centered main character or possess the schmaltz of Mr. Holland's Opus."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The inspiring true story of teacher Roberta Guaspari is given a conventional treatment in this decidedly uninspiring drama."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"A woman at the end of her rope after she is deserted by her husband finds a path of the heart that enables her to share her gift with the world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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