Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mr. Holland's Opus1995

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)



Critic Consensus: A feel-good story brought to life by a terrific ensemble cast, Mr. Holland's Opus plucks the heartstrings without shame -- and with undeniable skill.

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Glenn Holland is an aspiring musician who takes a job teaching high school music classes, just to pay the bills. By the time he retires thirty years later, Holland has discovered that teaching is his true calling. But he relates more easily to his music-loving students than he does to his own deaf son.

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Glenn Holland
Glenne Headly
as Iris Holland
Olympia Dukakis
as Principal Jacobs
Jay Thomas
as Bill Meister
Damon Whitaker
as Bobby Tidd
Terrence Howard
as Louis Russ
Alexandra Boyd
as Sarah Olmstead
Alicia Witt
as Gertrude Lang
Joseph Anderson
as Cole at 15 Years Old
Anthony Natale
as Cole at 28 Years Old
Joanna Gleason
as Adult Gertrude
Beth Maitland
as Deaf School Principal
Patrick Fong
as Study Hall Student
Kathryn Arnett
as Ms. Swedlin
Freeman O. Corbin
as Mr. Sullivan
Pal Bernard
as Auditioner
Moira Feeney
as Ms. Godfrey
Joshua Minnick
as Mr. Shapiro
Ashley Hamrick
as Miss Reeves
Janine Shouse
as Miss Schumaker
Spencer Riviera
as Mr. Hosta
Donnie Burns
as City Official
Daniel J. Vhay
as Mr. Malone
Sean Bevington
as Mr. McMartin
Ted Roisum
as Dr. Sorenson
Kaili Carlton
as Ms. Wayne
Adam Fitzhugh
as Mr. McKenzie
Kelly M. Casey
as Deaf School Teacher
Alex Dudgeon
as Auditoner 1
Rachel Wooley
as Auditioner 2
Jordan Carlton
as Auditioner 3
Aurora J. Miller
as Auditioner 4
Paul Bernard
as Auditioner 5
Mary Kay O'Mealy
as Auditioner 6
Chris Math
as Football Player
Tara Eng
as Auditioner 8
Jay Frank
as Auditioner 9
Conan Doherty
as Toby Klein
Stacey Siegel
as Diner Waitress
Nicolas Sirianni
as Football Player 1
Jacob Adams
as Football Player 2
Chris Marth
as Football Player 3
Brent Archie
as Football Player 4
Kevin Calaba
as Football Player 5
Keith Swift
as Football Player 6
John Boyer
as Billy Faraday
David Clegg
as Superintendent
Nicholas Sirianni
as Football Player
Don Burns
as City Official
Dennis Biasi
as Adult Stadler
Jean Louisa Kelly
as Rowena Morgan
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Holland's Opus

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

This idealized tribute to a charismatic teacher who devotes himself to music appreciation has the same old-fashioned texture and sticky sentimentality as Goodbye Mr. Chips (of 1939), but Dreyfuss gives an effective, surprisingly restrained performance

January 29, 2007 | Rating: B-
Top Critic

An overwrought Disney weeper.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
Top Critic

Though Patrick Sheane Duncan's screenplay goes in various directions and never develops a cohesive narrative, Herek keeps the story rolling along.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings.

April 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat.

January 23, 2006 | Rating: 9/10

Who knew the director of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was capable of making a profoundly moving drama?

September 10, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Holland's Opus

This is a great movie. I love it! I wish I had Mr. Holland as my music teacher :) So inspirational!

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


It's a sweet film about the sacrifices one must make. Richard Dreyfuss remains one of our more underrated actors.

Summer W.
Summer W.

Super Reviewer


As much as I like this film and, more specifically, like the performance of Richard Dreyfuss, there is one moment that absolutely makes my skin crawl. When Mr. Holland accompanies one of his students to the bus station as she leaves to pursue a music career in New York, he kisses her right smack dab on the lips! No, no, no, no, and hell no. A high school teacher does not and should not do that. If he does he should never teach again. Period. I don't care if he is having a midlife crisis. That's so very, very wrong.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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