Sound of Metal

critic Reviews

, 96% 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 Shanahan25YL (25 Years Later)
    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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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    A fascinating story told in an entertaining way and highlighted by a brilliant acting performance by Riz Ahmed
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    Dan BuffaKSDK News (St. Louis)
    I assure you the time won't be wasted. This is high-caliber filmmaking, and its genesis is the sound design in this film. It's the epitome of innovation.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    Marder employs masterful sound design, lacing the soundtrack with distorted sounds and ringing ears to fully immerse us in the deaf drummer's shoes. Few films make better use of silence.
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