Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 38
    Harris can be a brilliant actor, and there are flashes of that here. But he's done in by a script that lacks any subtlety.
  2. Holland's empurpled bio-fantasy is hooey with an anachronistic feminist slant from start to finish.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jun 23, 2013
    10
    Sheer pleasure watching films about Beethoven and this is no different. The Anna Holz character was a complete balance to the fiery master.Sheer pleasure watching films about Beethoven and this is no different. The Anna Holz character was a complete balance to the fiery master. Eccentric he may have been but in the film he uttered some really beautiful words about God. I always believed that geniuses like Beethoven were a channel for the hands of God. I love watching conductors and the Ninth Symphony sequence in the film was such a pleasure to watch, beautifully produced especially Kruger's acting helping the master. Full Review »
  2. PaulW.
    Jan 28, 2008
    1
    Firmly set in the 21st century, with no period feel whatsoever. Beethoven was TOTALLY deaf for the last 15 years of his life, yet here he Firmly set in the 21st century, with no period feel whatsoever. Beethoven was TOTALLY deaf for the last 15 years of his life, yet here he hears when it suits the script writers. Typical well-meaning American schmalz. Full Review »
  3. MichaelE
    Jan 23, 2008
    8
    Captures the essence of Beethoven along with a stirring performance of his ninth symphony.