GaryRitz’s review published on Letterboxd:
Powerful Film. A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into free fall when he begins to lose his hearing.
"Sound of Metal" is two hours and 10 minutes long, and it moves at a snail's pace, not because "nothing happens," but because we get to feel what it is like to be deaf. All we hear is that muffled hum. At times we hear only what Ruben hears, nothing less, nothing more. A lot of this movie is with no sound, no music background and the deafness at times will creep you out. So when there is dialog you hear and take notice of every word.
With its focus on characters, emotions, and ideology, this powerful drama with great performances easily overcomes its few flaws to drum up enormous empathy and heartbreak. Riz Ahmed is touchingly credible as a musician who loses his hearing in this unusual drama.
There's a whole lot more to this movie then just being deaf and I hope it gets the attention and audience it deserves! Riz Ahmed makes your heart ache and the rest of the cast were outstanding, A lot of heart clearly went into the making of this movie. It's a keeper. I would not be surprised if an Oscar call may come. It would be terrible if Hollywood took a deaf ear to this movie. It should at least get some nominations.