Begin Again (2014)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Carney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 2014
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Critic Reviews for Begin Again

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (40)

The trouble with this movie -- aside from its lack of visual wonder and musical shape -- is that you don't trust its priorities.

Full Review… | July 16, 2014
Top Critic

Begin Again is a delight, not only because of its infectious musical vitality but because it follows the unexpected forks in the road.

Full Review… | January 14, 2015
2UE That Movie Show

It's not nearly as good as "Once" but still very charming and entertaining.

Full Review… | December 16, 2014

Gretta's own songs aren't the type to grab you by the throat, but performed with soulful sweetness by Knightley they slowly sink their hooks into you, just like the film itself.

Full Review… | November 15, 2014
Movie Talk

This movie is inspired by the success of the film 'Once', written and directed by John Carney. Carney's new movie has a similar story, but this time, with more money, better music and actors, he's made a better film.

Full Review… | November 5, 2014
Laramie Movie Scope

John Carney's retread never gets close to replicating the stunning emotional core of Once. But for those seeing Begin Again from a fresh perspective, it's ( ... ) a more light-hearted ( ... ) alternative to the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for Begin Again


Sappy? yes.
Predictable? yes.
Unrealistic? Most of it.
Utterly charming and funny? you bet!

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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 shared by two people for music, and oh boy, aren't the songs in this film just so lovely and beautiful!

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Great soundtrack, solid performances, overall very enjoyable flick.

Spencer Macklin
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Super Reviewer

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