Begin Again
Begin Again (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Writer-director John Carney's return to musical drama isn't quite as potent as it was with Once, but thanks to charming work from its well-matched leads, Begin Again is difficult to resist.

Wesley Morris

The trouble with this movie -- aside from its lack of visual wonder and musical shape -- is that you don't trust its priorities.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Begin Again is a not-entirely-successful movie about not selling out; it's a theme that must concern Carney deeply.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Begin Again is a delight, not only because of its infectious musical vitality but because it follows the unexpected forks in the road.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made "Once."

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Can a meaningful glance mean as much as a kiss? In this film, it can, and that's enough.

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Stephen Silver

It's not nearly as good as "Once" but still very charming and entertaining.

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Christy Lemire

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.

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Sappy? yes. Predictable? yes. Unrealistic? Most of it. Utterly charming and funny? you bet!
Everett Johnson
If I were to make a ton 10 list for my favorite movies of 2014 so far, this would definitely be on that list. "Begin Again" is a simple story that… More
Carlos Magalhães
A refreshing and superbly edited dramatic comedy from the director of Once, who depicts once again a warm, platonic relationship born from the mutual love… More
Alice Shen
Rather delightful. The theme of the power of music on love and friendship is more substantial in this film than in John Carney's "Once," which… More
Spencer Macklin
Great soundtrack, solid performances, overall very enjoyable flick.
Mark Hobin
Begin Again is filled will little vignettes that feel like authentic depictions of the music business. It's a romantic comedy in which you're never… More