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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Harris' impressive channeling of Ludwig is diluted by the decision of screenwriters Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson to put the copyist front and center, possibly to distinguish their feature from "Immortal Beloved." show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    There are two reasons to see - and hear - Agnieszka Holland's Copying Beethoven. One is Ed Harris' performance as the nearly deaf and totally egocentric Ludwig van; the other is a cherry-picked 10-minute chunk of the composer's soaring Ninth Symphony. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    The picture never successfully comes off the written page. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Copying Beethoven, at its best, is a sort of grand cinema opera of the composer's life and music. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Like an old college wrestler, Harris saunters through this toasty little piece of biographical fiction in love with the part's fixins'. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is one of those middle-of-the-road art pictures that will impress some music lovers and attract a small audience, but won't really excite anyone. Copying Beethoven does not do for its title composer what Amadeus did for Mozart, and that's a shame. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    More music and less melodrama would serve audiences better. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Harris can be a brilliant actor, and there are flashes of that here. But he's done in by a script that lacks any subtlety. show more

  • 75
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Has one knockout sequence: the deaf maestro conducting his Ninth Symphony as Anna coaches from the wings. It goes on for what seems a whole reel, but it's so sublime it seems too short and, by itself, could stand as one of the greatest classic music videos ever. show more

  • 33
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Holland's empurpled bio-fantasy is hooey with an anachronistic feminist slant from start to finish. show more

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