Mr. Holland's Opus
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

Glenn Holland is an aspiring musician who takes a job teaching high school music classes, just to pay the bills. By the time he retires thirty years later, Holland has discovered that teaching is his true calling. But he relates more easily… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 29, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 24, 1999
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This idealized tribute to a charismatic teacher who devotes himself to music appreciation has the same old-fashioned texture and sticky sentimentality as Goodbye Mr. Chips (of 1939), but Dreyfuss gives an effective, surprisingly restrained performance

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat.

Fred Topel

Doesn't hold up. The schmaltz doesn't work. What does "Play the sun" mean?

Mike Clark
USA Today

An overwrought Disney weeper.

Michael Dequina

Who knew the director of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was capable of making a profoundly moving drama?

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Yea, it is filled with cliches, but it still is an engaging outing.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings.

Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

One of Dreyfuss' best performances EVER.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

'Mr. Holland's Boring Cliche'

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Cassie Hill
This is a great movie. I love it! I wish I had Mr. Holland as my music teacher :) So inspirational!
jay nixon
At times mawkish and overly sentimental but still compulsively watchable. Dreyfuss gives a terrific performance aided by a cast who don't hit a wrong step.… More
Summer W.
It's a sweet film about the sacrifices one must make. Richard Dreyfuss remains one of our more underrated actors.
Red Lats
I enjoyed this movie. I guess I am just a sucker for inspirational, hopeful movies - ones where the character doesn't realize the impact he is having on… More
Randy Tippy
As much as I like this film and, more specifically, like the performance of Richard Dreyfuss, there is one moment that absolutely makes my skin crawl. When Mr.… More
Mike S
As much a musical as an emotional journey, about a high school teacher who seeks fullfillment in becoming a world class composer, but instead finds it through… More

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