70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Livingston and director Steven Sawalich keep the character in constant motion, his dialogue sprinkled with humor and his energy contagious. The film also is surrounded by a crew of ferociously individualistic characters.
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
As with many biopics, Richard is seen as the perfect hero, a man who singlehandedly changed the way the United States treats its disabled citizens. That's a bit of a stretch.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The performances are all solid, but Sheen, last seen as Tony Blair in "The Queen," is so good in his incredibly demanding role that he makes the natural discomfort people feel at seeing someone so debilitated disappear completely.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's everything it ought to be: right-minded, well-intentioned, compassionate. But it doesn't rise above made-for-cable public service announcement, either.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Just remember that its hero stands for countless others.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Movies often don't do their stories justice, and that has happened again here. The main problem is a tone that jarringly switches from a kind of Forrest Gump-style narrative to a more generic biopic.
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63

Chicago Tribune

Starts strong but eventually collapses under its weighty sense of responsibility.
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50

Portland Oregonian

By M. E. Russell
It gives me no pleasure to report that the Pimentel biopic Music Within plays like a well-intentioned TV movie.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It must have sounded great on paper.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Rarely rises above the level of a TV movie.
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53 out of 100
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