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Score: A Film Music Documentary is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Matt Schrader about film scores, featuring Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Rachel Portman, Trent Reznor, and others. The film was released theatrically by Gravitas Ventures on June 16, 2017[2] and on Blu-ray and download September 5, 2017.

Score: A Film Music Documentary
Score Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMatt Schrader
Produced by
  • Robert Kraft
  • Trevor Thompson
  • Kenny Holmes
  • Nate Gold
  • Jonathan Willbanks
Written byMatt Schrader
Music byRyan Taubert
  • Kenny Holmes
  • Nate Gold
Edited by
  • Matt Schrader
  • Kenny Holmes
Epicleff Media
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release date
  • October 8, 2016 (2016-10-08) (Hamptons International Film Festival)
  • June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$101,382 United States[1]

The film inspired Score: The Podcast, a weekly show on Apple Podcasts hosted by the producers and featuring prominent Hollywood composers as guests, which launched April 3, 2018.[3]



Schrader and the filmmakers interviewed more than 60 composers, directors, orchestrators, agents, executives and experts for the documentary. Schrader says he started with the idea of having only three composers featured, but realized the diversity of musical opinions present in the film composing world.[4]

Film composersEdit


Other castEdit


In 2014, director Schrader left his career as an investigative journalist for CBS News to pursue a feature documentary about film composers.[5] Bankrolling budget camera lenses and editing equipment from his own savings, Schrader recruited friends to join his team, including producers Trevor Thompson, Jonathan Willbanks and Nate Gold, and former KOVR-TV news photographer, Kenny Holmes.

In February 2015, SCORE launched a campaign on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, which garnered attention and raised $120,930 in 30 days — more than triple the initial goal of $40,000.[6]

Former President of Fox Music Robert Kraft joined after hearing about the project, and by early 2016, Schrader had completed more than 60 interviews with composers, directors, orchestrators, agents and more in the film music industry.

The film was acquired by Gravitas Ventures, which released it in theaters June 2017, earning $101,382 box office in the United States.[1] The film was then released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital in September 2017, and was the #1 iTunes documentary for four consecutive weeks.[7]

The film's website says it is available in other territories including Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Israel.[8]


Critical receptionEdit

Score received positive reviews from critics. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 94% of critics gave it a positive review, based on 33 reviews with an average rating of 7.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Score: A Film Music Documentary offers a long-overdue look at an integral component of cinema whose abbreviated overview of the subject should only leave viewers ready for more."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times called the film "a feast for the eyes and ears,"[11] while film critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said Score was "a celebration of the artists who create the musical heartbeat of the movies we love."[12] Critic and historian Leonard Maltin (who appears in the film) said Schrader produced "a cohesive and fascinating film", adding the film "doesn’t miss a beat."[13] The New York Times selected the film as a Critics Pick in June 2017.[14]


Score premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2016 and won awards at eight film festivals, including the Boulder International Film Festival, Chicago Critics Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Gasparilla International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival and Tacoma Film Festival. It was also an official selection to the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival. In October 2017, the film was nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in the Music Documentary category.[15]

Score was named Best Documentary at the 2017 Chicago Critics Film Festival.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Score: A Film Music Documentary (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ Brooks, Brian (25 June 2017). "The Big Sick Nabs Year's Highest Theater Average; The Beguiled is Sofia Coppola's Best Debut Average". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ Stone, Edmund (23 September 2017). "Score: A Film Music Documentary". The Score with Edmund Stone. All Classical Public Media. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  5. ^ Porch, Scott (28 September 2017). "'Score: A Film Music Documentary' Spotlights An Essential — Yet Often Overlooked — Part Of The Filmmaking Process". Decider. NYP Holdings. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ Epicleff Media (6 October 2017). "SCORE: A Film Music Documentary". Kickstarter. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ Score Team (28 September 2017). "SCORE Holds at #1 Entering October, Awards Season". Score official website. Epicleff Media. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ Score Team. "Watch". Score official website. Epicleff Media. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Score: A Film Music Documentary (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Score: A Film Music Documentary Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  11. ^ Goldstein, Gary (22 June 2017). "Score: A Film Music Documentary explores composers' art". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ Roeper, Richard (28 July 2017). "Insightful Score profiles the people making music for the movies". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ Maltin, Leonard (23 June 2017). "Score: A Film Music Documentary". Leonard Maltin. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. ^ Webster, Andy (15 June 2017). "Score: A Film Music Documentary Gives Composers Their Due". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  15. ^ "2017 Music in Visual Media Award Nominees". Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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