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Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who - following 44 years of marriage - came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"The film is not about a straight man's struggle to understand how his father is gay; it's about learning that happiness is always possible if you're brave enough to keep your heart open."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
""Beginners" is a delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Mike Mills treats love and loss with a disarming tenderness and a refusal of sentimentality that make Beginners, his second feature, something of an anomaly among male identity flicks. What a finely wrought, wryly funny, transcendently sad movie this is."
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"Plummer, who won an Oscar for this, is that rare actor lucky enough to manage half a century of undiminished dash and elan on screen."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Good performances by McGregor, Plummer and Laurent. A lot of odd characters in this film. The idea of a cute little dog communicating with people by telepathy worked pretty well."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
""Beginners" is warm and revealing and bittersweet, if a trifle all over the place stylistically and thematically."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Excruciatingly faux-naïve and sentimental..."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"It understands death better than it understands life; it understands memories more than it understands what to learn from them."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Life begins at death. A funny, engaging romantic dramedy about never being too late to find happiness."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"McGregor and Plummer put on a master's exhibition of timing, tone and tenacity."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"A strange and beautiful film."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Wwhile there's plenty of melancholia, there is also sweet wonder and celebration in writer-director Mike Mills' semiautobiographical tale of a straight son coming to terms with his own love's possibilities after his father comes out of the closet."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Beginners, beyond its pervasive atmosphere of melancholy and loss, suffers from a little self-indulgence. It's your typical indie drama."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Una historia profundamente humana en la que el director no teme escarbar en sus propios fantasmas. Christopher Plummer se adueña de su personaje de una manera tierna y conmovedora, que le valió el Oscar como mejor actor de reparto."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"In any other movie, the key character of Arthur, a soulful Jack Russell terrier, would draw all the attention away from the two-legged protagonists, but the performances by the three leads are so superb that everyone is able to share in the glory."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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