Beginners (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Beginners" is a delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Beginners" ultimately becomes so deeply resonant that you should pack some Kleenexes just in case.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

"Beginners" is warm and revealing and bittersweet, if a trifle all over the place stylistically and thematically.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Excruciatingly faux-naïve and sentimental...

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

Mills needs to look up from the lint that's collected in his navel.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A strange and beautiful film.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
How can anyone learn to love or love freely when we all come from such flawed backgrounds, when no one knows how to love? This work intelligently explores this… More
Nicki Marie
Honestly couldn't get into this. Cover is so cute, movie doesn't match it at all. Kind of dull toned, slow pace...well, just dull. The gay dad angle… More
KJ Proulx
Independent cinema can range from a student film with not a single dollar to its budget, to an Oscar-nominated film worth 40-50 million dollars. As long as its… More
Michael S
I loved how the structure, the narration, and the subtle quirks of Mike Mills' "Beginners" heighten what is already a terrifically acted and… More
Carlos Magalhães
This is certainly not a comedy (the sense of humor doesn't work that well), and I found it sad and depressing, contrary to those who thought it was sweet… More
Spencer S.
"Beginners" is buoyed by its decision to play it straight and staying away from being over the top, quirky, or eccentric. Instead, this indie film… More