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  • Summary: Through the rhythms of Evelyn Glennie we touch the sound – we feel the beat of the universe. Thomas Riedelsheimer takes us on an expedition with Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie into the center of the sound world – a journey involving each of our senses. See, Feel, Embrace the sound. Evelyn’s postcards from her journey across the world feed into the creation of music from the interior of one of the most unique perspectives of sound and image on the planet. (Shadow Distribution) Expand
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  1. A potent and imaginative creative biography of virtuoso percussionist Glennie.
  2. 80
    The film's discretion short-circuits any impulse we might have to regard Glennie as a handicapped person who has “overcome.” Instead, we're led to experience her life as she does - as an adventure in which setbacks are not challenges, but illuminations of untracked paths.
  3. Touch the Sound is at least as inspiring and in some ways more rewarding, thought-provoking and subtly visceral.
  4. 75
    Call this a profile in courage.
  5. Beautifully shot and filled with gorgeous music.
  6. 70
    May be too heady to take in one sitting. Even given relatively calm passages-like a hushed tour through the courtyard of a Scottish castle or a mediation on ripples in a pond-there's just too much to absorb.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Kosman
    50
    There is a maddening sense of dislocation through much of the movie -- a feeling that genuinely fascinating questions have been squeezed out by woo-woo philosophizing and material (like Glennie's brief return to the family farm) of only minor import.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JamesN.
    Nov 11, 2005
    10
    Fascinating music--fine photography and editing--an inspiration (especially to anyone with a disability)!!!
  2. JulioP.
    Jan 15, 2006
    10
    At three-quarters of the way through the film I felt such an ecstasy as to make any kind of drug-induced euphoria seem trivial. This is the greatest kind of movie -- the kind that speaks to us on every level. Expand
  3. KoltonV.
    Apr 29, 2008
    5
    The movie put me to sleep and were it not for a school project I'd have turned it off in the first 30 minutes. I loved the idea but the director reminded me of a child with ADD uncertain of what he wanted and always demanding it. Expand
  4. SteveF.
    Jan 14, 2006
    4
    She's deaf? I've worked w/ hundreds of deaf people, from hard of hearing to deaf as a fence post and - w/o exception - they have all had ''the deaf accent'' to one degree or another. I found it very distracting & a serious strain on her credibility every time she spoke (which was often & at length) w/o a trace of the deaf accent. If indeed she is ''profoundly deaf'', as so described several times, then her extraordinary, super-human, unparalleled command of every nuance of a language she cannot hear is a far more interesting story than the one told. Given the credibility issues, I found it increasingly difficult to finish watching. Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2014
    2
    Never has a documentary brought me so much boredom. Touch the Sound removes inspiration from music and creates absolutely no thought-provoking moments. Expand

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