'The Sound of Music' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   56 reviews
  • Bosley Crowther New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The septet of blond and beaming youngsters who have to act like so many Shirley Temples and Freddie Bartholomews when they were young do as well as could be expected with their assortedly artificial roles, but the adults are fairly horrendous.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Check your cynicism at the door: Robert Wise's adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical still has a little soul in its bones.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The movie has almost everything: music, romance, kids, spectacular scenery, religion, sentiment, comedy high and low, and, at the end, intrigue and adventure.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Every audience sniffle and tear has been taken into account.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Whitney Willaims Variety (Top Critic)
    A warmly pulsating, captivating drama.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    A warmly pulsating, captivating drama.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    In dialogue, song and story, Music still contains too much sugar, too little spice.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Total Film
    80
    Handsomely shot on location in Salzburg and expertly edited, The Sound Of Music plucks at your heartstrings with clinical precision.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    100
    Outstanding family film features glorious music.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    100
    The Sound of Music is high-fructose corn-syrupy, built on simplistic psychology, unnaturalistic acting and historical inaccuracy. It's also well-nigh irresistible. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Plath DVDTown.com
    100
    The Sound of Music has one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's best scores, and that's saying something. It's a warm and wonderful movie that has "timeless" written all over it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    100
    The Sound of Music has one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's best scores, and that's saying something. It's a warm and wonderful movie that has "timeless" written all over it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    67
    It grows on one like edelweiss.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    100
    Escapist films about, well, escaping, don't come any better than this.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rory L. Aronsky Screen It!
    80
    See website for more details.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    38
    God, The Sound of Music is so freakin' nice.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    63
    It's so perfectly contrived and mechanical and fresh as a daisy, it's infuriating. And only the sly, insistently subversive Christopher Plummer is on our side.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    100
    One of the finest examples of escapist musical entertainment. The Sound of Music is a terrific picture.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    100
    One of the finest examples of escapist musical entertainment. The Sound of Music is a terrific picture.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    50
    Labeled "Sound of Money," this is Hollywood musical as its most calculating, with something for everyone: corny anti-Nazi politics, melodic tunes, schmaltzy romance, old-fashioned family values
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    Call me a drongo, but this really is quite watchable (yes, I've seen it more than once).
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Caroline Westbrook Empire Magazine
    100
    No christmas day would be complete without spending the afternoon falling asleep in front of this film.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs
    100
    Objectively I can look at it and see that is a load of sentimental hogwash, but if I relax and just watch it, it sucks me in every time.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Audrey Rock-Richardson Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rob Blackwelder SPLICEDWire
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago