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Sound of Metal (2019)



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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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Critic Reviews for Sound of Metal

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

Marder hasn't filled in the dramatic interior of what does happen. He has made a movie about deafness that's at once experiential and too muffled to hear.

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a curious confection and not one destined to have much of a commercial life - a shame, because Ahmed is on top form.

September 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sound of Metal injects visceral, edgy circumstances with remarkable sensitivity.

September 9, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sound of Metal might be working from an old playbook, but it finds new ways to liven it up.

September 8, 2019 | Full Review…

But even when the cultural politics are explicit, Ahmed's performance and a sure-footed script by Marder and his brother Abraham ensure that this remains one man's story - and one that should be warmly welcomed at arthouses.

September 8, 2019 | Full Review…

In a powerful story of a musician losing his hearing, Riz Ahmed turns in a spectacular performance that overcame my fears of disability appropriation.

October 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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