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Music of the Heart

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Music of the Heart

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Aidan Quinn, Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett
director:
Wes Craven
genre:
Drama, Historical

We gave it a C-

As Roberta Guaspari, who starts a violin-instruction program at an East Harlem grade school, Meryl Streep labors to make herself shrill and coarse as strenuously as she used to perfect her accents. You can see what she’s going for — the inner-city teacher as inspirational tough-love drill sergeant — yet Streep forgets to give Roberta a softer, art-loving side. The film’s one true angle on Roberta is a distressingly colonial one: She comes into Harlem and saves all these aimless rainbow coalition kids by teaching them the glories of classical music. C-

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