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The Music Never Stopped
Almost 20 years after their teenage son Gabriel ran away from home, Henry and Helen Sawyer learn that he has turned up in a hospital. Although benign, a brain tumor has damaged his memory, rendering past and present indistinguishable. Sensing that Gabriel responds to music, Henry seeks out a music therapist , who discovers that when Gabriel listens to the rock music he loved-The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield-he reengages with the world.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A wounded and hopeful take on generation gaps and the wider, nearly unbridgeable chasms created by neurological disaster."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Kohlberg is determined to manipulate your emotions; he succeeds."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This loosely adapted biopic drawn from the Dr. Oliver Sacks case study, The Last Hippie, resonates with the emotional power of music back in time to heal and awaken broken lives."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"This heartily maudlin character study is sort of a crash course in Boomerology."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Simmons has never been better than he is here, as he transforms Henry from a guy burdened with regret to one bursting with hope."
‑ Austin O'Connor, AARP the Magazine
"A medley of "Memento," "The King's Speech" and "Hair," "The Music Never Stopped" is sentimental pop packaged as a profound rock opera."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's really for anybody who loves their music -- whatever that music is -- so much that hearing it is enough to transport them to another time and place."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"This fact-inspired story from the physician who gave us Awakenings mostly plays like a Lifetime movie."
‑ Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald
"... radiates good intentions and bland professionalism without ever becoming as moving or inspiring as it seems to want to be."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The sentiments are real without succumbing to exaggerated sentimentality, thanks in large part to that big lovable lug, J.K. Simmons."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The Music Never Stopped is often static and follows a familiar trajectory. Yet it has power, partly because Simmons does a fine job of showing how hurt Henry is that his taste didn't imprint on Gabe beyond grade school."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
".. it's curious that a film essentially about the healing power of music can be so tone deaf about some of the particulars, this is a movie that some boomers will absolutely adore. Others should approach with caution."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The treatment of the music alone makes the movie worth seeing, but the sophisticated nature of the narrative builds well on the musical foundation."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Paste Magazine
"Some will collapse in tears over this story. Others will remain stone-cold. And still others, like me, will land somewhere in the middle of these extremes."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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