User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
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  1. AaronP.
    Jun 10, 2007
    9
    I'm not sure why the critics of this movie don't like a story about a violin, and want it to be rewritten as a story about love and romance. This is a perfect instrument, born from the passion of a master craftsman and the blood of his sacrifice. People possess and lose it in the course of their lives, marking them and marking the violin. If you want action, adventure, and witty I'm not sure why the critics of this movie don't like a story about a violin, and want it to be rewritten as a story about love and romance. This is a perfect instrument, born from the passion of a master craftsman and the blood of his sacrifice. People possess and lose it in the course of their lives, marking them and marking the violin. If you want action, adventure, and witty dialogue, go watch SpiderMan...if you want a Buddhist-like story of transcendence and meaning, this movie might be for you. Expand
  2. JoeA.
    May 28, 2005
    9
    Great movie. This is one I wouldn't mind watching a sequel to.
  3. EldonS.
    Oct 31, 2003
    8
    I probably enjoyed the movie more than most people because I'm a violinist. However, (and this idea came from my son, not mine originally) I think there is evidence that the true ending of the movie is not what appears on the surface, and I haven't seen any review that comes to this conclusion. See for yourself if the opposite conclusion can be drawn from very subtle clues I probably enjoyed the movie more than most people because I'm a violinist. However, (and this idea came from my son, not mine originally) I think there is evidence that the true ending of the movie is not what appears on the surface, and I haven't seen any review that comes to this conclusion. See for yourself if the opposite conclusion can be drawn from very subtle clues you're given. I'd like to know if other people detect this. Expand
  4. CivW
    Aug 18, 2005
    9
    Wonderful tale of the "life" of a exquisite musical instrument as it travels throughout the world and into the hands of some amazing characters. You must watch this movie intently so you catch the fine threads running throughout until the ending...a wry grin will appear on your face as you realize the violin's "life" is far from over! I've watched this one MANY times! Oh--and Wonderful tale of the "life" of a exquisite musical instrument as it travels throughout the world and into the hands of some amazing characters. You must watch this movie intently so you catch the fine threads running throughout until the ending...a wry grin will appear on your face as you realize the violin's "life" is far from over! I've watched this one MANY times! Oh--and the music is wonderful, too!!! Expand
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 50
    It's almost as lame-brained as any Hollywood blockbuster, if prettier and more pretentious.
  2. 70
    It's unlikely that anyone will be bored. But it's just as unlikely that anyone will be swept off his feet either.
  3. Some will say this film is overly ambitious, but what the hell. The man put five years of his life into making this epic mystery. We can surely give it two hours of ours.