The Music Never Stopped
The Music Never Stopped (2011)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An involving, if sentimental and predictable family drama elevated by J.K. Simmons' sympathetic lead performance.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

A wounded and hopeful take on generation gaps and the wider, nearly unbridgeable chasms created by neurological disaster.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Kohlberg is determined to manipulate your emotions; he succeeds.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A medley of "Memento," "The King's Speech" and "Hair," "The Music Never Stopped" is sentimental pop packaged as a profound rock opera.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

The sentiments are real without succumbing to exaggerated sentimentality, thanks in large part to that big lovable lug, J.K. Simmons.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

.. 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
Predictable story, but the soundtrack was awesome, so I enjoyed it.
Cynthia S.
Very touching movie based on a true story, apparently. Great acting. Great music. I teared up more than once...
Megan S
I didn't even realize this was based on an Oliver Sacks case until after it was over and I thought it sounded familiar.
Walter M.
In "The Music Never Stopped," Henry(J.K. Simmons) and Helen Sawyer(Cara Seymour) receive a phone call that no parent wants to receive, that their son… More
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Mía Maestro, Tammy Blanchard, Scott Adsit, Max Antisell Director: Jim Kohlberg… More
Jesse Ortega
While The Music Never Stopped is a corny name, even if it is the title of a Grateful Dead compilation album, it just strikes me as the name of a TV movie.… More