Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to

Music Teacher

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Heartfelt Indian romance with songs and puzzling resolution.

Movie NR 2019 101 minutes
Music Teacher Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though beautifully filmed and brimming with the vibrancy of Indian culture and music, the brooding hero's regrets and anger become tiresome -- a little on-camera self pity goes a long way. The filmmakers' notions about the importance of letting go of old hurts, of not being too quick to give up one's driving passion, and to find closure where none has existed, are sound, if not original.

In Music Teacher, however, the balance is off -- depressing wins out over what should, at heart, be romantic. And it's not the performances. The actors are uniformly solid. Kaul is particularly good, and Amrita Bagchi is talented, gorgeous, and charismatic. Himachal Pradesh, India is a location that American audiences have probably not seen before, and it's stunning. The film also serves to remind that even though male-female relationships have evolved, especially in progressive, cosmopolitan places, in some corners of the world men still drive the women's stories.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate