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My One and Only (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 71
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: A breezy road movie with characters both glamorous and familiar, My One and Only is a colorful period look at the early life of actor George Hamilton.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: A breezy road movie with characters both glamorous and familiar, My One and Only is a colorful period look at the early life of actor George Hamilton.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 16,845

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Movie Info

Inspired by the childhood experiences of actor George Hamilton, director Richard Loncraine's bittersweet period comedy tells the tale of one mother's attempt to find a new father for her two young boys after catching her husband with another woman. Beautiful but mercurial, Ann Devereaux (Renée Zellweger) has always gotten by on her own charms. Her husband, Dan (Kevin Bacon), is a successful bandleader, but when Ann becomes a witness to his infidelity, she packs their two sons, George (Logan … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Charlie Peters
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 9, 2010
Box Office:
$2.3M
Runtime:
Freestyle Releasing - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for My One and Only

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (23) | DVD (4)

Part road trip, part coming-of-age story, the film ultimately reveals itself as a Hollywood memoir, but it saves any stardust for its last moments.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

If you have any curiosity at all about how a fellow like George Hamilton became a fellow like George Hamilton, My One and Only answers the question by looking, fondly, at his primary caregiver.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A grand, colorful coming-of-age story with a candy box color palette and a standout performance by Renée Zellweger. It's a great story and a great crowd-pleaser.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

My One and Only is like a tale told by a first-rate raconteur, its twists and turns all the more intriguing because it's all true -- more or less.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This isn't exactly untraveled territory, but director Richard Loncraine makes this potentially familiar story fresh...

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's refreshing, and let's hope it's [Zellweger's] passport out of rom-com purgatory and into mature roles. Sadly, it is a better career move than it is a movie.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The next time someone bemoans 'They just don't make 'em like they used to,' buy them a ticket to My One and Only. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they make them better.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010
sbs.com.au

A road-movie with a flat tire, this is a dull journey that follows the teenage George Hamilton as he and his mother set off to find a new life along Route 66. It's a lifeless comedy, long on trivial adventure and short on drama and energy.

Full Review… | March 10, 2010
Screenwize

Funny, surprising, moving and uplifting, the film soars in a restrained, early 50s kind of way

Full Review… | March 6, 2010
Urban Cinefile

A sharp and witty script provides the fuel for this captivating road trip in which the potential husbands of Renee Zellweger's Ann Deveraux are the pit stops.

Full Review… | March 6, 2010
Urban Cinefile

feels like a black-and-white rerun on late-night TV.

Full Review… | November 17, 2009
Filmcritic.com

Even if it isn't as singular -- or as memorable -- as its title might suggest, it's sweet enough and soft enough around the edges to make it a diverting little road trip.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Times-Picayune

... Zellweger shines in the middle of it all ...

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Sacramento News & Review

A pleasant trifle of a movie that doesn't let facts interfere with a good fable.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

In the midst of blockbusters that involve giant robots and teen wizards, "My One and Only" is an enjoyable film that got lost in the cinematic shuffle of 2009.

Full Review… | September 26, 2009
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

You don't have to care anything about George Hamilton in order to enjoy this surprisingly entertaining little movie that will remind you why you once liked Renée Zellweger.

Full Review… | September 22, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Depressing tale of a mother's love, or at least what she thinks love is.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Entertainment Spectrum

What could have been a maddening portrait of spoiled self-entitlement is, instead, a plucky tale... Zellweger creates a nice portrait of chin-keeping-up-erness combined with encroaching self-awareness....

Full Review… | September 14, 2009
Flick Filosopher

Scripter Charlie Peters falters when it comes to the big picture.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Creative Loafing

Melodramatic, starting and stopping without achieving a flow.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009

Zellweger does a nice job keeping her character more sympathetic than pathetic, as the realization that she is no longer an ingénue lets her become something more.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A sweet, sentimental, occasionally naughty, attractively mounted piece of old-fashioned hokum that will appeal to audiences, mostly female, of a certain age.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
One Guy's Opinion

This vintage set road comedy has enough amiable charms to make it across the finish line for those who like their movies to stay out of the fast lane.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Windy City Times

My One and Only reveals the man behind the tan - and George Hamilton's feisty ma, too.

Full Review… | September 5, 2009
What Would Toto Watch?

The movie has a beautiful golden look, totally romanticizing the time period.

Full Review… | September 5, 2009
Sin Magazine

An appealing drama revolving around a cross-country journey and a boy's quest to understand and appreciate his mother.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
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Audience Reviews for My One and Only

Agreeable comedy follows a mother as she attempts to find a new father for her two young sons after catching her husband with another woman. Actor George Hamilton's real life reminiscences on The Merv Griffin Show form the basis of this road movie about his childhood. Renée Zellweger plays the self absorbed woman who unrealistically thinks she can simply get by on charm alone. She is the matriarch of this rather eccentric family of three and their slight adventures form the bulk of this occasionally entertaining film. Despite her capriciousness, she remains a likable character and the best reason to see the film. Period detail of the 1950s is painstakingly recreated.

hobster1
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

½

Logan Lerman's performance is the best reason to watch this film. He steals the movie. Logan happens to be a fast rising star in Hollywood with impressive performances in 3:10 to Yuma and Percy Jackson. He reminds me of a young Tobey Maguire. He should have gotten the Spider Man role in the Spider Man reboot. In this film, Logan really shines.

The film is well cast, with an nice ensemble. Renee Zellweger is ok playing Logan's mother. The film kind of reminded me of a Neil Simon kind of film. The dialog is sharp and well written. The big problem with the movie is the pacing, which is completely off. Had they fixed the pacing up, then the film would have been much better.

However, despite the pacing problem, the film is worth checking out, especially for Logan Lerman's performance.

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Sol C

Super Reviewer

½

Anne Deverauxer (Renee Zelweger) is a glamorous southern belle and mother of two teenage boys who walks in on her philandering husband Dan Devereaux, musician and band director (Kevin Bacon) in bed with another woman.

Fed up, she packs her bags, cleans out the couple's safety deposit box and walks out taking the boys with her. One of her sons is the 15 year old Logan Lerman as George Devereaux aka George Hamilton, whom she instructs to buy a car. He is the narrator of the story. When he shows up at a Cadillac dealership with a wad of money to buy a car, the salesmen are flabbergasted, but it all makes sense when his mother shows up and purchases a 1953 blue Cadillac Eldorado convertible as they need a new car to leave town. She embarks on an adventurous road-trip hoping to find a man who would take care of them.

The further away they go from NY, the more the mother learns about her family and herself. Her determination to search for a new life is inspiring as she is humiliated, arrested, and dumped a bunch of times but always manages to keep her chin up. In the end she learns the most valuable lesson, that the best person to take care of you is yourself.

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Deb S

Super Reviewer

½

I thought it was very cute and funny. The story was enjoyable, the acting was great. I enjoyed myself. I was expecting that Renee's character Ann would end up with her husband again even though I was really rooting for Nick Stahl's character Bud. I have to say I was actually surprised by the way it turned out.

I don't think it was the most perfect movie. Sometimes it seemed a little cheesy, but overall it was good. And what a wonderful cast to boot. I would recommend giving this a try.

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m h

Super Reviewer

My One and Only Quotes


Ann Deveraux: I love my sister, George. It's being near her that I hate.
– Submitted by Gianina S (3 years ago)

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