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Beginners (2011)



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

Movie Info

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 Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who - following 44 years of marriage - came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him. -- (c) IFCmore
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mike Mills (II), Mike Mills
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 15, 2011
Box Office: $5.8M
Focus Features - Official Site


Kai Lennox
as Elliot
Keegan Boos
as Young Oliver
Amanda Payton
as Party Person
Luke Diliberto
as Green Witch
Bill Oberst Jr.
as Hal's Friend
Jessica Elder
as Party Girl
Hana Hwang
as The Sads
Jennifer Lauren Gran...
as Record Company Rep
Jodi Long
as Dr. Flaster
Bruce French
as Dr. Wright
Leslie Shea
as ICU Nurse #1
Michael Chieffo
as Hal's Priest
Jennifer Hasty
as Secretary
Rodney Saulsberry
as 1978 Museum Staff
June Sanders
as 1978 Fancy Woman
Catherine McGoohan
as 1978 Older Woman
Terry Walters
as Terse Nurse
Lana Young
as ICU Nurse #2
Sunday Burke
as Home Nurse #1
Patrick Birkett
as Hal Look-Alike
Sabera Wise
as Skating Rink Manager
T.G. Cody
as The Primetimers
Ton Suckhasem
as The Primetimers
Charly Valentino
as The Primetimers
Seth Walker
as The Primetimers
Patrick Scott
as The Primetimers
Michael Wilhelms
as The Primetimers
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Critic Reviews for Beginners

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (40)

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

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.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

It understands death better than it understands life; it understands memories more than it understands what to learn from them.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Beginners, beyond its pervasive atmosphere of melancholy and loss, suffers from a little self-indulgence. It's your typical indie drama.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

Plummer, who won an Oscar for this, is that rare actor lucky enough to manage half a century of undiminished dash and elan on screen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2013
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Beginners


This is certainly not a comedy, since its sense of humor is not efficient, and I found it sad and depressing, contrary to those who thought it was sweet and optimistic. Besides, the characters seem too shallow in their artificial indie quirkiness and the dialogue is pretty much annoying.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 was good, but didn't care about either of the two leads. Turned it off after half hour.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I loved how the structure, the narration, and the subtle quirks of Mike Mills' "Beginners" heighten what is already a terrifically acted and uncommonly sincere story. The film wears it's heart on it's sleeve from the first frame and maintains it's emotional resonance without any sap or string pulling. Plummer won a most deserved Oscar for his memorable work, but it's puzzling as to why McGregor, excellent here, didn't get similar acknowledgements.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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