A Song for Martin
A Song for Martin (2002)

Famous composer Martin meets concertmaster Barbara at one of his performances, and the two fall in love. After divorcing their spouses, Martin and Barbara marry and begin a happy life together. Five years later, as the couple are working on… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 28, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Grueling but honest depiction about the ravages of Alzheimer's. Yep, it's a downer.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

August ... steers this story to its stirring conclusion with firm lack of sentimentality.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

More honest about Alzheimer's disease, I think, than Iris.

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Kim Morgan

Upsetting and thought-provoking, the film has an odd purity that doesn't bring you into the characters so much as it has you study them.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It may sound like a mere disease-of- the-week TV movie, but A Song For Martin is made infinitely more wrenching by the performances of real-life spouses Seldahl and Wollter.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's so downbeat and nearly humorless that it becomes a chore to sit through -- despite some first-rate performances by its lead.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Full of unforgiving irony and quiet realism, A Song for Martin stands as a powerful and moving achievement.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The movie, for all its sincerity, becomes clinical and repetitious, though its unsparing vision of the fragility of identity can give you a shudder.

Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director-writer Bille August ... depicts this relationship with economical grace, letting his superb actors convey Martin's deterioration and Barbara's sadness -- and, occasionally, anger.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A very well acted, written, & directed film about a romance fighting a losing battle with an untreatable disease. The film itself is slow paced, but heavy… More
Mark Abell
This one was tough to watch, as a man who had been a brilliant composer slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's and his wife tried her best to keep him going.… More