Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On THE MUSIC OF SILENCE

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On THE MUSIC OF SILENCE

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On THE MUSIC OF SILENCE

AMBI Distribution will release the upcoming drama THE MUSIC OF SILENCE in theaters and on VOD / Digital HD February 2, 2018.

Based on the extraordinary true story of Andrea Bocelli, a blind boy, who against all odds becomes one of the most world renowned opera singers. To date, he has sold over 80 million records worldwide.

THE MUSIC OF SILENCE is directed by Academy Award nominee Michael Radford (Il Postino, Merchant of Venice) and stars Toby Sebastian ("Game of Thrones," Barley Lethal) as Andrea Bocelli, Luisa Ranieri (Letters to Juliet), Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II, Blow), Ennio Fantastichini (Loose Cannons, Open Doors) and Antonio Banderas (The Expendables 3, Desperado). The screenplay was co-written by Anna Pavignano (Elsa & Fred) and Michael Radford in collaboration with Andrea Bocelli.

Andrea Bocelli has sold over 80 million records worldwide. He has performed for Popes, Presidents, and Royals, as well as audiences all over the world. Bocelli's blindness began with glaucoma and became complete after a soccer accident as a young boy. The film will feature songs that Bocelli composed when he was young that have never been released. The first edition of Bocelli's memoir was published in 1999 and focused on the success and difficulties at the beginnings of his career.

See what the critics had to say:

Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times: "How much of "The Music of Silence" is true and how much fiction, only its inspiration, the singer Andrea Bocelli, knows for sure. Adapted from Mr. Bocelli's 1999 novel of the same name (a story he has described as "similar to" his own life), this blah trudge from cradle to stage will be catnip to his fans and Ambien to everyone else."

Leigh Monson, "In The Music of Silence, the performances are wildly expressive, but the music is a background element and plot device, not an integral part of the experience, so the reality of the film comes across as inappropriately heightened for the dull version of events it depicts."

Catherine Womack, LA Times: "Like the book, the film portrays Bocelli's life growing up on a picturesque Tuscan farm, the medical issues that took his sight as a boy and his early passion for singing. It's an intimate look at the beginnings of a prolific international career, and a window into an extraordinary life."