75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Unpretentious and unexpectedly moving.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A drably directed yet terrifically affecting drama about family bonds, classic rock, and the human brain. It's sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
An effectively emotional look at the power of music therapy to trigger memories lost after brain surgery.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
In key spots, thanks to Simmons' brilliantly wounded gruffness and Pucci's nimble toggling act between vacancy and awakened spirit, The Music Never Stopped achieves an admirable poignancy about our emotional, healing relationship to the songs we love.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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; what was their music became, simply, dad's music.
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By Ray Greene
The Music Never Stopped isn't exactly good, but it's definitely better than you fear it is when you reach the halfway mark.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The true wonder of this low-budget movie, however, is its acquisition of the rights to so much of the previously mentioned music. It's almost exclusively Dylan and the Dead, but damned if you won't be stopping for some Cherry Garcia ice cream on the way home.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The songs and a couple of strong performances are only good enough to make the film watchable, not exceptional.
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
A medical drama that pays lip service to the healing power of music but never finds the rhythm.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
These kinds of disease-fueled dramas already tend to be soap-operatic, but Kohlberg isn't taking any chances; by the time father and son end up at a Dead show in matching tie-dyed outfits, the director has aggressively, insistently overplayed audience heartstrings like Jerry Garcia in a long-winded solo.
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60 out of 100
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