Music of the Heart
Music of the Heart (1999)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 29, 1999
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Meryl Streep's depiction of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things transcends, inspires, and entertains.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Meryl dominates the proceedings. She simply disappears into the role, and the movie, for all its educational impulses, becomes about watching her do it.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

For its first three laps, this inspirational - teacher movie moves too slowly, even with the head start I give inspirational - teacher movies.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The vacuous but well-meaning pic is poorly executed and seems as if it were a TV movie.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Roger Ebert
At the Movies

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.

Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Touching story about a determined teacher has mature themes.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the year's most heartfelt movies.

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Tom Keogh

It may be premature to think Craven just doesn't spark outside the horror genre, but there's nothing here to suggest the opposite.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There is a lot of dramatic credibility attached to this film, which isn't warranted. Yes, Meryl Streep is the lead and she received an Oscar nomination for… More
Leigh Ryan
Very well done. The music is beautiful.
jay nixon
Inspiring true story with good acting and a compelling narrative. A nice change of pace from Wes Craven.
John Ballantine
Another one of these "teacher goes to the school of hard knocks" types of film. I recall that Richard Dreyfuss did the same thing continuing on the… More
Jennifer Xu
it wasn't bad, despite the fact how much i despise the cliched inner city kids can do sports/be intelligent/sing/spell/play an instrument despite GREAT… More
Jedd Yue
It was hard for me to sit through this film, because it was a big parade of wasted opportunities. The filmmakers had a good true story for their source… More