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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Summary: Story of a Harlem schoolteacher's (Streep) struggle to teach violin to inner-city kids. They eventually perform at Carnegie Hall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Wonderful spirit, humanity and humor.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Avoids the potentially suffocating pall of uplift hovering over its quite exhilarating story.
  3. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    70
    An affirmation of the power of music to provide beauty, pleasure and a sense of accomplishment.
  4. 58
    So sloppily and unabashedly sentimental that it can make you laugh and cry at the same time -- and often at the same things.
  5. Feels more like an earnest commercial for music education than successful entertainment.
  6. 50
    Self-congratulatory feature, which artificially exalts the character--a classic saint with clay feet--by casting a grande dame and by reducing her motives to facile psychodrama
  7. Rarely connects with reality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 24, 2013
    10
    Meryl Streep once again proves how good she is. I really liked this movie and Meryl deserves the nomination for best actress at the Oscars.Meryl Streep once again proves how good she is. I really liked this movie and Meryl deserves the nomination for best actress at the Oscars. really good movie. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2015
    1
    I don't see what everyone is on about. This is just another average film which is severely overrated because of celebrity worship. I hateI don't see what everyone is on about. This is just another average film which is severely overrated because of celebrity worship. I hate these kinds of my films and they are just the same recycled garbage. Expand

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