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The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"The trouble with this movie -- aside from its lack of visual wonder and musical shape -- is that you don't trust its priorities."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Begin Again is a not-entirely-successful movie about not selling out; it's a theme that must concern Carney deeply."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"Gretta's own songs aren't the type to grab you by the throat, but performed with soulful sweetness by Knightley they slowly sink their hooks into you, just like the film itself."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The best thing about 'Begin Again' is what it's not. It's not a love story, or at least not a conventional love story; it's more of a friendship story between a man and a woman, which is something we almost never see in movies."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"I really enjoyed this. It's such a nice surprise, because so many so-called feel-good romantic comedies these days are pretty ordinary but there's something special about this because there's a level of reality to it in the performances in the situations."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made "Once.""
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Can a meaningful glance mean as much as a kiss? In this film, it can, and that's enough."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"This movie is inspired by the success of the film 'Once', written and directed by John Carney. Carney's new movie has a similar story, but this time, with more money, better music and actors, he's made a better film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"I've seen happier endings in Oklahoma! and Singin' in the Rain, but this one feels genuine - and in an unexpected way, deeply satisfying."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"There's a freshness to this film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"The wholesome, hopeful, let's-put-on-a-show enthusiasm may sound hokey but it's actually infectiously joyful. At the same time, Carney roughs up the edges just enough to make this fairy tale seem somewhat accessible and realistic."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"You can't really blame writer-director John Carney for trying, but despite a few very nice moments, this bigger, slicker follow-up mostly argues that Once should have been enough."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"John Carney's retread never gets close to replicating the stunning emotional core of Once. But for those seeing Begin Again from a fresh perspective, it's ( ... ) a more light-hearted ( ... ) alternative to the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Knightley (supplying her own vocals, more than just competently so, by the way) and Ruffalo have a casual chemistry that works, and Levine is (perhaps unsurprisingly) totally right as a self-absorbed jerk."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Bonds born out of art, and specifically music, are nothing new in the movies, but Carney conveys the uniquely exhilarating romance of the creative process behind art like no other filmmaker."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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