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Alive Inside

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Michael Rossato-Bennett

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About the Movie

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 38
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A documentary that never leaves any doubt about what comes next, while single-mindedly stumping for a cause presented as unique, is also not terribly interesting as a film. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Jul 17, 2014

Fresh: Michael Rossato-Bennett captures some amazingly transformative results in the treatment of dementia through music. – Rob Nelson, Variety, Jan 28, 2014

Fresh: In a world drowning in bad news about dementia - an estimated 5 million Americans currently suffer, 10 million serve as their caregivers, with both numbers inevitably going up - "Alive Inside" is positively tonic. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 31, 2014

Fresh: Dan Cohen's crusade to bring music into nursing homes could be the leading edge of a monumental change in the way we approach the care and treatment of older people, especially the 5 million or so Americans living with dementia disorders. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 16, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Moving and Genius!

This makes complete sense. Who isn't transported by a song from their past? I have vivid memories of the first time I heard some of my favorite songs, where I was, what I was doing. This documentary moved me in so many ways. To see the amazement and happiness on those peoples faces... Wow. To see them connect and remember... Alive Inside describes this movie well. Highly recommended.

Inspiring topic, missed opportunity

Watching these Alzheimer's patients come alive listening to music is amazing. I watched my own mother come alive whenever she heard music. Sadly this film doesn't know what it wants to be about exactly, and the message gets lost.


This movie changed my life and the life of those around me. Give it a watch - I guarantee it will change yours too.

Alive Inside
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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