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  • Summary: Richard Pimentel enlists in the Army for a tour of duty in Vietnam. During combat, the young recruit loses his hearing to a bomb blast, and has to deal with this newfound disability on his return to civilian life in Oregon. Richard discovers that his disability and the struggle to transcend it is a defining moment in his fight for what he believes in. When he tries to help his friends--vets like himself and others with disabilities--to get work in an environment that treats them with pity at best and disdain as a matter of course, he realizes that he can make a difference. Together, the friends experience the currents of those turbulent times, and the wild, joyful energy of winning through confrontation and humor. Without his hearing Richard is all the more prepared to listen to the message deep within himself, and to carry that message to the thousands of people whose lives are improved by the movement he helps organize. (MGM) Expand
  • Director: Steven Sawalich
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy, Romance, War, Music
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 94 min
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Livingston and director Steven Sawalich keep the character in constant motion, his dialogue sprinkled with humor and his energy contagious. The film also is surrounded by a crew of ferociously individualistic characters.
  2. Steven Sawalich directed with invention and heart.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Starts strong but eventually collapses under its weighty sense of responsibility.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    Sheen, like the movie itself, is trying too hard to inspire when the story doesn't need the help.
  5. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Rarely rises above the level of a TV movie.
  6. 50
    The result is that they never truly find the innate drama in Pimentel's story, instead simply recounting four or five decades' worth of events that shaped the man.
  7. 42
    Sheen is often the saving grace of Music Within, thanks to an aggressively profane wit that gives an otherwise tapioca-bland story a little edge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. LauraL.
    Oct 30, 2007
    I love this film!! My friends loved it too! It is a movie with heart and honesty! Thank you!
  2. MortenF.
    Apr 11, 2008
    Another movie u see and then say ok, nothing special okies movie.
  3. ChadS.
    Apr 9, 2008
    Next to a guy with cerebral palsy, being deaf looks like a picnic. What if Art(Michael Sheen) met Ron Livingston(Richard Pimentel) instead of the other way around? With Art, front and center, "Music Within" would find something more pressing to dramatize than Richard's problems with women. Richard explains to Christine(Melissa George), in so many words, that his activist work is so much bigger than her protestations of feeling neglected. She's no Betty Shabazz, this one. By showing us how Richard Pimentel's fight for the rights of disabled Americans took a toll on his personal life, the filmmaker makes the same mistake as Christine. A wheelchair ramp, and getting a fair shake for jobs, just might be on the same level as women and blacks having the right to vote, so it just might be a little ungracious of "Music Within" to show how Richard suffered for the "little people"(not dwarfs, but people who have(had) no voice). A deaf person can read lips. You can't hide cerebral palsy. To see the trials and tribulations of a man like Art would really drive home the importance of the American Disabilities Act. Expand
  4. JayH.
    Apr 2, 2008
    I was not at all convinced by this movie, it all seemed very phony and so trite. The period detail is atrocious. You can't just throw in a 60's and 70's soundtrack. The characters never aged, just their hairstyles changed. The actors try, but it's hopeless with the script. Sloppily made, not enough thought was put into it and it has many loose ends, plot holes and guffaws. Expand