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Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom made his American movie debut with this romantic comedy, starring Holly Hunter as Renata Bella, an aimless Bostonian thirtysomething who attends a seminar for aspiring condo salespersons. Here she meets hotshot salesman Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), who immediately falls in love with her. After the marriage, Sam's well-meaning but obnoxious insistence on insinuating himself into every aspect of Renata's life rubs the rest of her family the wrong way. Though the script occasionally veers into both cliché and sentimentality, Once Around ends up a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This rather overbearing romantic comedy is by no means a disaster."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"There is no there there, just the dead red glow of the beckoning Exit light."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A wonderfully charming, true-to-life comedy-drama that was one of 1991's best and most overlooked films."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Ethnic romances from Abie's Irish Rose to Moonstruck have traveled similar ground, but few have handled the role of family in a marriage more poignantly than Once Around."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"On the whole Once Around is strangely enervating, proof that family problems -- even those of fictional families -- are often best kept behind closed doors."
‑ John F. Kelly, Washington Post
"One of Richard Dreyfuss's best films....lovely stuff"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"The first movie in a long time to leave me speechless."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Dreyfuss and Hunter can't save what is a sappy and grating melodrama."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"Comedy-drama has more to it than it may at first seem."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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