After losing most of his hearing in the Vietnam War, Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston) becomes a motivational speaker and a driving force behind the Americans With Disabilities Act.
" A fascinating story of compassion, grit and determination. "
" Music Within convincingly delivers the message that disabilities are everyone's concern. "
" Pimentel's persistence and eventual triumph over prejudice and discrimination is a story worth telling, if only on a shoestring. "
" Salawich's film is entertaining and leaves you with warm feelings from learning about this man who turned adversity into good for so many others. "
" Sheen, like the movie itself, is trying too hard to inspire when the story doesn't need the help. "
" This offbeat biopic is driven by Ron Livingston's engaging performance as Richard Pimentel, a gifted public speaker who lost his hearing in the Vietnam war and then spearheaded the disability rights movement in the U.S. "
" [The filmmakers] make the common error of attempting to cover every seemingly significant moment in the man's life rather than focusing on the greatest conflicts. "
" A well-intentioned biopic about disability crusader Richard Pimentel that starts strong but eventually collapses under its weighty sense of responsibility. "
" All inspiring stuff, but Music Within is strictly by the numbers, even down to the predictable mood-setting period soundtrack numbers "
" I wanted to like this film "
" It's everything it ought to be: right-minded, well-intentioned, compassionate. But it doesn't rise above made-for-cable public service announcement, either. "
" Music Within never establishes a consistent tone, going from achingly sincere to borderline farcical, often in the same scene. "
" Music Within, which tries to use a lighthearted tone and ironic narration to belie its deeper implications, never gives Livingston strong enough material to make more affecting use of his presence. "
" The real world needs more dogged folks willing to tilt at windmills. But movies often don't do their stories justice, and that has happened again here. "
" There may be an interesting movie in all of this, but too much is filtered through the hero's voice-over narration, always a recipe for squashing the life out of a film. "
" This is a nice little well-meaning idea for a movie, but even with three writers on the payroll, it never really catches fire. "
" What bothers me is that Music Within takes an individual story, an inspiring one, yes, and then thinks that's all there is to be told. "
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