The septet of blond and beaming youngsters who have to act like so many Shirley Temples and Freddie Bartholomews when they were young do as well as could be expected with their assortedly artificial roles, but the adults are fairly horrendous.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
Check your cynicism at the door: Robert Wise's adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical still has a little soul in its bones.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
The movie has almost everything: music, romance, kids, spectacular scenery, religion, sentiment, comedy high and low, and, at the end, intrigue and adventure.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Every audience sniffle and tear has been taken into account.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
A warmly pulsating, captivating drama.
Whitney Willaims - Variety
Dean Essner - Variety
In dialogue, song and story, Music still contains too much sugar, too little spice.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
Handsomely shot on location in Salzburg and expertly edited, The Sound Of Music plucks at your heartstrings with clinical precision.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Outstanding family film features glorious music.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
The Sound of Music is high-fructose corn-syrupy, built on simplistic psychology, unnaturalistic acting and historical inaccuracy. It's also well-nigh irresistible. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The Sound of Music has one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's best scores, and that's saying something. It's a warm and wonderful movie that has "timeless" written all over it.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
It grows on one like edelweiss.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Escapist films about, well, escaping, don't come any better than this.
Dean Essner - Film4
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Rory L. Aronsky - Screen It!
God, The Sound of Music is so freakin' nice.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's so perfectly contrived and mechanical and fresh as a daisy, it's infuriating. And only the sly, insistently subversive Christopher Plummer is on our side.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
One of the finest examples of escapist musical entertainment. The Sound of Music is a terrific picture.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Labeled "Sound of Money," this is Hollywood musical as its most calculating, with something for everyone: corny anti-Nazi politics, melodic tunes, schmaltzy romance, old-fashioned family values
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Call me a drongo, but this really is quite watchable (yes, I've seen it more than once).
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
No christmas day would be complete without spending the afternoon falling asleep in front of this film.
Caroline Westbrook - Empire Magazine
Objectively I can look at it and see that is a load of sentimental hogwash, but if I relax and just watch it, it sucks me in every time.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Watching it just makes you feel wonderful.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A classic in every sense of the word.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Great music, great scenery, how can you not love this?
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
To enjoy director Robert Wise's Best Picture winner you must overlook the bloated, sugar-coated story, and even then it's an uphill slog.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Other than The Wizard of Oz, no Hollywood musical is as familiar, reassuring, and beloved of all ages... Andrews anchors the film... her sincerity is absolute.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Did you really think a bunch of mean old Nazis could keep the angelic Julie Andrews from spreading her music and love?
Don Willmott - Filmcritic.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
established Julie Andrews as a major international movie star. Her radiance and energy fills the screen in scene after scene. She's absolutely magnetic...
James Sanford - James Sanford on Film
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
One of the most enduring, feel-good musicals ever made, with sing-along songs made for the entire family.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Even the most cynical of cretins--like myself--can't help but be charmed by this musical classic.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Apesar de repetir cada cancao duas vezes, o filme jamais cansa, encantando gracas ao frescor de todo o elenco - e, em especial, de Julie Andrews.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Some find the movie spiritual, others regard it as flapdoodle.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
This is one of my 'favorite things'. Don your white dress with blue satin sash or a pair of cool lederhosen, practice your scales, and sing along.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
But it is almost three hours long. And it is so drippy.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
For all of its qualities, the greatest thing about the movie is the Rodgers and Hammerstein score.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
It's fashionable to dislike it, but, hey, it's really a well made movie
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It is an outstanding family film, filled with glorious music, a real-life love story right out of Jane Eyre, a courageous moral choice, and a heart-stopping escape.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The music is wonderful from start to finish -- more than enough reason on its own to sit through the lengthy film.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
It's a bulldozer of a musical, plowing straight through things like taste, restraint, grace, and style in favor of big, big, and more big.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
one of the last and most successful products of a less-cynical cinematic age
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
If only real life offered such satisfying fantasies as those of The Sound of Music.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Although a bit corny, it is a joyous musical odyssey suitable for the entire family.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A classic for all time.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
To acknowledge the film as anything less than a genuine classic seems mere contrariness.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
The Austrian scenery is breathtaking, the children are cute, and many of the musical numbers are engaging and memorable.
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Blissfully corny family classic.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The Sound of Music (1965) was an exceptionally successful film in the mid-1960s - at the time of its release, it surpassed Gone With the Wind as the number one
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films