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Sound of Metal (2020)



Critic Consensus: 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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During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career -- and with it his life -- is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew.


Riz Ahmed
as Ruben
Mathieu Amalric
as Richard Berger
Jamie Ghazarian
as Concert Goer
William Xifaras
as Michael's Father
Michael Tow
as Pharmacist
Rena Maliszewski
as Audiologist
Bill Thorpe
as The Man
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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (17)

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.

November 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

November 21, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

November 20, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed absolutely shines as Ruben Stone, an American punk-metal drummer whose life is upended when he abruptly loses his hearing while on tour.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is profound, frightening, uplifting and, yes, actually breathtaking at times, and you're not likely to take your hearing for granted anytime soon afterward.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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