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Metascore

Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Wonderful spirit, humanity and humor.
77
Mr. Showbiz
The year's first sure-fire Oscar nominee has arrived with flying colors.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
This one basically just sticks to the real story, which has all the emotional wallop that's needed.
75
USA Today
Yearning for an old-fashioned movie with a well-told, uplifting message? Music of the Heart is playing your song.
75
New York Daily News
No actress of her generation inhabits characters as thoroughly and convincingly as she (Streep) does, and this performance carries the movie
75
Miami Herald
Streep is simply amazing to behold, an actress who invests every fiber of her being -- every gesture, every inflection, every strand of hair -- into her performance.
75
Avoids the potentially suffocating pall of uplift hovering over its quite exhilarating story.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
The choppy film is like a composition crowded with competing themes.
60
Rolling Stone
If "Mr. Holland's Opus" made you puke, you'd better bring a bucket to this true-life weepie about the importance of teaching music in schools.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Feels more like an earnest commercial for music education than successful entertainment.
42
Entertainment Weekly
A sentimental epic that forgets to include the sentiment

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