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: June 27, 2014
DVD 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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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly

This soulful outing is sure to please music lovers. And isn't that everyone?

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Boon Chan
The Straits Times (Singapore)

For all the doubters out there, take note: Knightley can sing.

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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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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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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

It's in parts painfully earnest, never more so than when Ruffalo sees instruments come to life while Knightley plays alone onstage, but it moves along at a nice clip and the recording scenes are shot well.

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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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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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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

It hits the sweet spot of love's tortures and love's ability to heal with overly cutesy situations and its fair share of laughs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Got to admit, I wasn't looking forward to this one. I got it as a buy two, get one free, this being the one free because there was literally nothing else I… 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
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Spencer Macklin
Great soundtrack, solid performances, overall very enjoyable flick.
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