Sound of Metal

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed's passionate performance.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    "Sound of Metal" understands the gift that is hearing and the blessings of silence alike.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    [T]he film is an intensely unique sonic experience that demands careful and focused aural attention.
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    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap
    One of the film's best features is its refusal to indulge in triumph-of-the-human-spirit clichés that so often weigh down disability narratives.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    As Ruben's fear and rage begins to open itself to the unknown, the movie reaches toward something profound - finding real, furious power in the spaces between the sound.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It has the best sound design that I've heard in any movie this year... They use sound in such an interesting and immersive way.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    A movie that doesn't just allow for silence but thrives in it, with Ahmed's eyes and body language charting the arc of his character.
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    Don ShanahanEvery Movie Has a Lesson
    Speaking of stillness and silence, there is a tremendous weight of heart and profundity found in the difference between those two states in this film.
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    Dustin ChaseGalveston Daily News
    Darius Marder's directorial debut is a little loose around the edges, but the vision is intact even if the emotion, alluded to in the trailer, isn't always present.
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    Kevin L. LeeFilm Inquiry
    Sound of Metal is an innovative piece of work; it starts off intense and visceral until it takes a turn and becomes a tender, compassionate exploration of acceptance.
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    Stephen GarrettBook & Film Globe
    Like the best works of art, Darius Marder's riveting drama feels both of-the-moment and absolutely timeless. It's about freefall. And grief. Redefining what you thought was normal. Then learning how to accept it.
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