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The story of celebrated public speaker Richard Pimentel comes to the screen in this biographical drama starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Rebecca De Mornay, and Hector Elizondo. As a young man, Pimentel (Ron Livingston) realized he had a remarkable gift for public speaking. Pimentel's idol is College Bowl founder Dr. Padrow (Elizondo), but upon trying out for Dr. Padrow, the ambitious young speaker is informed that he won't have anything to talk about until he has lived a full life. Realizing that there is some merit to Dr. Padrow's observation, Pimenel subsequently enlists… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"The real world needs more dogged folks willing to tilt at windmills. But movies often don't do their stories justice, and that has happened again here."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"This offbeat biopic is driven by Ron Livingston's engaging performance as Richard Pimentel, a gifted public speaker who lost his hearing in the Vietnam war and then spearheaded the disability rights movement in the U.S."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Low on drama, but funny, with interesting characters, good performances and is uplifting without being too sweet."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It gives me no pleasure to report that the [Richard] Pimentel biopic Music Within plays like a well-intentioned TV movie."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
"When the subject is not well-known, and the film about his life is unremarkable, the whole thing starts to feel like an exercise in futility."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Pimentel's persistence and eventual triumph over prejudice and discrimination is a story worth telling, if only on a shoestring."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"This is a nice little well-meaning idea for a movie, but even with three writers on the payroll, it never really catches fire."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It's just too bad that the pious treatment given the deserving Pimentel never translated into a more engaging film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you're looking for one-dimensional, uplifting pap, Music Within fits the bill. It's watchable. Pimentel is obviously a really interesting guy, and it's a shame his tale wasn't told with a bit more flair."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Both Pimental and the audience would have been better served if his life were told as a PBS documentary."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Salawich's film is entertaining and leaves you with warm feelings from learning about this man who turned adversity into good for so many others."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"I wanted to like this film"
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"With period songs galore to tell you exactly what's going on inside protagonist Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston), you hardly need plot or dialogue."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
" agreeable though entirely uneven piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The low-budget Music Within may not entirely work on the outside, but at its core beats a very funny, very smart and very moving heart of gold."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Christianity Today
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