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SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017)



Critic Consensus: SCORE: A Film Music Documentary offers a long-overdue look at an integral component of cinema whose abbreviated overview of the subject should only leave viewers ready for more.

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What makes a film score unforgettable? SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY brings Hollywood's elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: "James Bond", "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Titanic," "The Social Network," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Psycho."

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Critic Reviews for SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

Documentary maker Matt Schrader bills this as "the definitive look at the craft of film composing," though he takes a narrow route through the subject, focusing on the symphonic composers who hammer out music cues for big-studio projects.

March 26, 2020 | Full Review…

That said, Score serves well as an introduction to the meticulous process by which soundtracks are created, and includes numerous case studies that reveal just how music contrives to shape our movie-going experiences.

April 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A genial 93-minute dash through the history, process and contemporary practice of film composition.

July 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Score: A Film Music Documentary is a celebration of the artists who create the musical heartbeat of the movies we love

July 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Along the way, some treasure is mined from the film's numerous speakers, all of whom seemed happily enamored with their work.

July 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I would recommend Score: A Film Music Documentary to any and every film buff.

June 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for SCORE: A Film Music Documentary


What a shame to see such a simplistic and forgettable discussion about the subject, considering all the history and evolution of music in films, while the movie also focuses way too much on American Cinema, spending even half an hour of pure hagiography on John Williams.

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