Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Kosman
    100
    Beautiful and utterly entrancing documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    80
    Daniel Anker's profound and moving documentary Music from the Inside Out reflects upon such abstractions, capturing the power of the creative process in an uncommonly perceptive and inspiring way.
  3. But Anker's real success here is himself. He was obviously able to get these men and women to open up to him. And thus, quite obliquely, they remind us of a threat. As everyone knows, American symphony orchestras are in trouble. Attendance is dropping, and managements are trying various maneuvers, even stunts, to attract people.
  4. With a soundtrack that ranges from classical to jazz to bluegrass, this is not only an obvious choice for ­music lovers, but required viewing for anyone interested in the mysteries of creative inspiration.
  5. Well-meaning and enlightening documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    70
    A revealing portrait of painfully withdrawn artists navigating the tug between the divine harmony of an orchestral synthesis and the sweaty glow of individual experimentation.
  7. 70
    Anker evocatively captures the joys (and sometime frustrations) experienced by high-level artists working within an institution. The ardor they bring to their music is both enviable and inspiring.
  8. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    70
    Words sometimes fail, but energy and enthusiasm triumph in Music From the Inside Out, a docu that quizzes members of the Philadelphia Orchestra about their relationship to music.
  9. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    70
    Is it a great film? Not quite. It flits from idea to idea too promiscuously and relies too much on the visually deadening use of people talking on camera. But among the dull passages there are moving stories, and a very loving sympathy for the people it profiles.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Daniel Anker's Music From the Inside Out is so intent on divining the mysteries behind the creative act that it comes up frustratingly short on specifics.
  11. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    50
    Presents itself as a musical essay, but would certainly fall more under the category of a love letter. And ultimately, what would you rather experience anyway?
  12. 50
    The result is 90 minutes in the company of some of the nicest and most boring people you can imagine ever having a movie made about them.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. SteveT.
    Sep 4, 2006
    10
    An enchanting look inside a great cultural institution allows us to see the real people inside the black suits and dresses. And the street An enchanting look inside a great cultural institution allows us to see the real people inside the black suits and dresses. And the street accordian player is just as amazing as the PSO. Full Review »
  2. DonnD.
    Mar 27, 2006
    7
    Stunning music, but suffers from lack of coherence and no discernible theme. Random pieces of interviews thrown together. Hints at some Stunning music, but suffers from lack of coherence and no discernible theme. Random pieces of interviews thrown together. Hints at some fascinating topics -- e.g., individual musicians' degree of latitude to deviate from the conductor's idea of what a piece should sound like -- but never develops any of them. Divided into three parts, but again no defining structure and the parts are virtually indistinguishable. Unfortunate failure to capitalize on a great opportunity to show the inner workings of a great orchestra. Go see it for the music anyway. Full Review »
  3. MartinM.
    Sep 10, 2005
    10
    I've played and taught music all my adult life, and have never seen a finer music documentary than this one. Bravissimo!