Music of the Heart (1999)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Inspirational Drama, Message Movie, Urban Drama  |   Release Date - Oct 29, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 124 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Laura Abraham

Wes Craven has brought audiences some wonderfully creepy slasher films throughout the years, including the Nightmare on Elm Street series and the Scream series. Who would have guessed this same man could pull off a sentimental, true-life story of a woman who magically transforms a non-existent music program into one that performs at Carnegie Hall? Without all the trappings of a traditional, sappy Hollywood film, Craven shows us real people fighting for a real, everyday cause: education. Meryl Streep has engaged audiences in her roles in such classic films such as Silkwood and Manhattan, and in this one, she shines just as she always has. Streep brings the perfect blend of sophistication and realness to the role of Roberta. Music may be too sappy for hardcore Wes Craven fans; however, this is a good solid film with a great message.