Once (2007)

"Once" is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band The Frames, "Once" tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 18, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A charming, captivating tale of love and music, Once sets the standard for the modern musical. And with Dublin as its backdrop, Once is fun and fresh.

Bob Mondello

So this is how you make a low-budget musical these days!

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

If "The Commitments" shows the gritty, robust side of Dublin and the Irish music scene, "Once" shows us a softer, more romantic side.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

At once delicate and gritty, wistful and deeply satisfying.

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Don't miss Once. It has to be seen and heard to be believed and enjoyed.

David Medsker

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
This beautiful story of two musicians becoming friends (and more?) on the streets of Dublin is a little wonder of a film. Not only does it feel very fresh,… More
Spencer Macklin
the music is great
KJ Proulx
John Carny knows how to direct performances and incorporate music very well, because every single scene throughout this film feels true and natural. The shaky… More
Sam Barnett
An intensely organic musical that will appeal more to musicians, Once lets viewers feel the passion of the two main characters through their musical… More
Spencer S.
The original twisted musical, "Once" is full of simple beauty, small, quiet scenes, and some very inspiring music. Technically this is a musical… More
Jon Lantz
I had really high expectations and hopes for this film, but after watching it, I really hate to say it was one of the most boring films I have ever seen.… More