Music of the Heart Synopsis
After her husband leaves, a woman teaches in an East Harlem school where she gives violin lessons.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Wonderful spirit, humanity and humor.
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77

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
The year's first sure-fire Oscar nominee has arrived with flying colors.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Avoids the potentially suffocating pall of uplift hovering over its quite exhilarating story.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
No actress of her generation inhabits characters as thoroughly and convincingly as she (Streep) does, and this performance carries the movie
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This one basically just sticks to the real story, which has all the emotional wallop that's needed.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Yearning for an old-fashioned movie with a well-told, uplifting message? Music of the Heart is playing your song.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The choppy film is like a composition crowded with competing themes.
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60

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If "Mr. Holland's Opus" made you puke, you'd better bring a bucket to this true-life weepie about the importance of teaching music in...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Feels more like an earnest commercial for music education than successful entertainment.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A sentimental epic that forgets to include the sentiment
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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Touching story about a determined teacher has mature themes.
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