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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    This wise and warm man, who died in 2002, is captured in all his glory by the remarkable documentary. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Shows how a dedicated man ensured that great music could always be heard at its best. show more

  • 88
    Miami Herald

    The Language of Music hews strictly to its title, however. There isn't anything about Dowd's life outside music except for details of his work as a nuclear physicist at Columbia University, where he was a key part of the Manhattan Project research team that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Like its subject, the movie is a tad overzealous, but often fascinating and revealing. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    Sometimes it gets into arcane talk of equipment that makes more sense for a Berklee College of Music engineering class than for a mass-market movie -- but as a probing look at a really nice-guy genius in the studio world, it succeeds admirably. show more

  • 100
    Tim Merrill Film Threat

    Music fans of every stripe should kill to see this film, one of the very best music documentaries in recent years. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Mark Moormann's documentary tends to the worshipful, but Dowd, a charmer onscreen, was by all accounts just as appealing in real life. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    The correlation between music and math, if not explicit, is seldom documented with as much panache as Tom Dowd & the Language of Music. show more

  • 50
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Moormann's reverential documentary, seven years in the making, is most successful as a self-narrated autobiography. It fails, however, to deliver a balanced portrait of the man's life and work. show more

  • 90
    Hazel-Dawn Dumpert L.A. Weekly

    It makes a convincing argument that Dowd's personal history is a kind of history of the 20th century itself, encompassing the era's art, science, commerce and politics. show more

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