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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 100
    Duane Byrge The Hollywood Reporter

    A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    The doc is heartwarming, but it doesn't delve deeply into the backstories that inform the ailing patients' connection to the music that stirs their memories. show more

  • 50

    A passionate documentary with a lot of valuable information to impart, and a laudable humanist agenda to push. Unfortunately, it’s also not a particularly good movie. In fact, at certain points it can be an actively annoying one. show more

  • 60
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    Cohen’s goal—to bring music to every nursing home—is modest, and the film is smart to follow his lead by keeping bombastic rhetoric to a minimum. Strangely, though, the movie lacks any discussion of professional music therapists, who have been doing this kind of work for decades. show more

  • 83
    Nikola Grozdanovic The Playlist

    Alive Inside contains a tiny revolution within its message, and will likely end up being one of the most important documentaries of the year. show more

  • 67

    Whether it's purely through the use of music or through the individual, attentive care given by some of the featured nursing home workers, the proof of positive changes presented in "Alive Inside" provide a sense of idealism amid bleak situations. show more

  • 90
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Practically guaranteed to elicit tears within its first five minutes, Alive Inside... is nonetheless more than just a tearjerker. show more

  • 70
    Rob Nelson Variety

    Rossato-Bennett’s over-the-top narration often sounds cloying and banal... But the filmmaker succeeds in providing context, medical and historical, in between awakenings. show more

  • 50
    Nicolas Rapold The New York Times

    Neither the value of music nor the deficiencies of certain nursing homes are tough to debate. But a documentary that never leaves any doubt about what comes next, while single-mindedly stumping for a cause presented as unique, is also not terribly interesting as a film. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    As the movie makes clear, none of these conditions are reversible. Music isn’t a cure for anything. But it does seem to be a key to unlocking long-closed doors and establishing connections with people who have become, through age or infirmity, imprisoned inside themselves. show more

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