Box art for The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

children & family, music & musicals, romance

Rodgers & Hammerstein's® cinematic treasure, The Sound of Music is the winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
5 out of 5
Positive role models
5 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Outstanding family film features glorious music.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this classic film is rich in character, music, and story, as well as filled with positive messages. In the final 10 minutes there are a number of suspenseful scenes that may be frightening for some children, including the main character being held at gunpoint. Kids might be curious to learn more about Nazis and World War II after watching this movie. There's some moderate alcohol consumption and one character smokes. The romantic scenes are limited to gentle embraces and brief chaste kisses.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie compares to more recent musical films. How is this one different or similar? What makes this movie a classic?
  • Talk about the songs in the movie. What does the song, "Climb Every Mountain" mean? What about "My Favorite Things"? If you were going to write the song, what would be on your list of favorite things?
  • How do the filmmakers create tension in the last few minutes of the movie? What effects do they use? How do you feel when watching the ending?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A bizarre Nazi musical with dozens of blond children running around singing about their fears, it makes no logistical sense but can be a lot of fun. Who ever knew that music was the weakness of the Third Reich? I can't really say that this is a bad movie, it's not, the sets and shots are well done and some of the grandest for a musical. However, it's ridiculously lengthy and one-noted most of the time. The story didn't warrant a three hour running time and it honestly ruins what could have been something much better. Without all those cheesy heart felt scenes, this could have been "THE" WWII musical.

- ythelastman89, Friday, June 4, 2010

0 star

Just didn't enjoy this movie. It put me to sleep. Nuff said.

- LWOODS04, Thursday, April 15, 2010

5 stars

A stroke of pure cinema and musical genius by two of Hollywood's greatest musical composers Rodgers and Hammerstein, who's names have become synonymous with the Hollywood musical. From the famous opening shot of Maria daydreaming, standing arms open wide on top of a mountain singing one of the greatest songs in cinema "The Sound of Music" through the Von Trapp family, the romance and marriage and the war to the end credits of the family escaping over the mountains The Sound of Music is filled with a mixture of comedy, love, romance, suspense and the most wonderful collection of songs one film has ever held. Such songs as the incomparable "The Sound of Music", "Maria," "My Favorite Things," "You Are Sixteen, Going On Seventeen," "Climb Every Mountain," "Do-Re-Mi," and "Edelweiss." The Sound of Music stands as the monumental musical, imitated but never duplicated, a musical masterpiece that celebrates music of every kind from a symphonic waltz to a simple guitar, epic and intimate. Not only a musical milestone, The Sound of Music has become a cultural event, as such I have been on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria, one of the highest grossing films of all time and certainly one of the most popular films ever. A personally much loved classic that strikes a note in every heart. Winner of my Best Film from the 1960's.

- smith44, Monday, January 3, 2011