The Music Never Stopped
Directed byJim Kohlberg
Produced byNeal Moritz
Written byGwyn Lurie
Gary Marks
Based onThe Last Hippie
by Oliver Sacks
StarringJ.K. Simmons
Julia Ormond
Mía Maestro
Lou Taylor Pucci
Music byPaul Cantelon
CinematographyStephen Kazmierski
Edited byKeith Reamer
Essential Pictures
Mr. Tamborine Man
Distributed byRoadside Attractions
Release date
  • January 20, 2011 (2011-01-20) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • March 18, 2011 (2011-03-18) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$150,515[1]

The Music Never Stopped is a 2011 American drama film directed by Jim Kohlberg, who makes his directorial debut from a script by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks.

It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and was given a limited release in the US on March 18, 2011.


Based on Oliver Sacks' essay The Last Hippie, the film tells the father-son relationship between Henry Sawyer (J.K. Simmons) and his son, Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), who suffers from anterograde amnesia as the result of a brain tumor. Henry, with his son unable to shed light on their strained relationship, must connect with him through music.



Critical response

The film currently holds a 67% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 49 reviews.[2] Ty Burr of The Boston Globe remarked the film was "one to remember", also calling it "sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz".[3] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club compared the film's story to The King's Speech, giving praise to J.K. Simmons and Lou Taylor Pucci and calling the film a "powerful, even shattering look at music's power to unite where it once divided".[4]


  1. ^ "The Music Never Stopped". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Music Never Stopped (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Music Never Stopped". Boston Globe. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Music Never Stopped". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 4, 2011.