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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So this is how you make a low-budget musical these days!"
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"Forget everything you think you know about the movie musical, one of the more predictable genres. With Once, writer-director John Carney deconstructs it and reinvents it as something wholly new, inspired and alive."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"If "The Commitments" shows the gritty, robust side of Dublin and the Irish music scene, "Once" shows us a softer, more romantic side."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"my biggest road block was the fact that I didn't like the music"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Once is the anti-blockbuster that couldn't have come at a better time."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"In an era when Hollywood has largely lost the ability to distinguish between romance and sex, Once is the rare film that recognizes that love is no less love for being held in check, it is merely a different kind of love."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"This lovely tale of a love affair between a Dublin street musician and a flower girl will leave you wistful for more. It's a movie to fall in love with and a movie to fall in love during. It is the most naturalistic musical ever."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"At once delicate and gritty, wistful and deeply satisfying."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"It has its own peculiar naturalism, a kind of lo-fi, lovelorn charm."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"a tender little ultralow budget movie about the intimate connection of making music...the warm folkiness of the songs and their generally non-narrative-pushing content make it feel more like a long, lovely home movie of a short portion of two people's liv"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Once doesn't plop its emotions on its characters' sleeves, and it trusts us enough to leave some of the best stuff unstated. In other words, it trusts us to know that half the music lies between the notes."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"Don't miss Once. It has to be seen and heard to be believed and enjoyed."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"There is much to admire about Once, in a little-movie-that-could kind of way, but it can't help but get in its own way just when it begins to gain some momentum"
‑ David Medsker, Bullz-Eye.com
"Um filme mágico que, através de sua narrativa enganosamente simples, alcança uma vitória que escapa à maioria das obras do gênero, retratando com sentimento o instante preciso no qual dois seres humanos se descobrem apaixonados um pelo outro."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Un effort battant la mesure d'une manière somme toute imparfaite, mais néanmoins prenante, qu'un genre aussi excessif que le film musical a besoin de temps à autre..."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
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