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: 81% 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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Somehow, none of it quite gels. There's no need for a romance - actually, I applaud Carney for avoiding that cliché - but nothing seems to evolve between Gretta and Dan.

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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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Amy Carlberg
Bust Magazine

Begin Again is essentially the bubble gum pop version of Inside Llewyn Davis.

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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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Boon Chan
The Straits Times (Singapore)

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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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Jens S.
In some ways, Carney just remakes his wonderful "Once" under US conditions here. It's not entirely the same story but neither particularly… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Sappy? yes. Predictable? yes. Unrealistic? Most of it. Utterly charming and funny? you bet!
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
Spencer Macklin
Great soundtrack, solid performances, overall very enjoyable flick.