In Search of Beethoven

  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    Grabsky’s goal appears to have been more circumscribed: an introduction to the composer that speaks to both the classical newcomer and someone who has loved this music for years but pieced together its back story only from hundreds of disconnected program notes.
  2. A splendid work that will be a revelation to the uninitiated and a joy to music lovers.
  3. 75
    What made Ludwig such a great musician? The documentary In Search of Beethoven, directed by Phil Grabsky, answers that question reasonably well.
  4. The best thing about In Search of Beethoven, Phil Grabsky’s biography of the composer, is the company he brings along on the hunt.
  5. 80
    The results do justice to a complex genius whose impact can scarcely be overstated.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Beautifully lensed and intelligently crafted.
  7. 80
    The film's real resource is its impressive array of talking heads, their intimate familiarity with the music, and their ability to impart graspable insight.

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