Beginners Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Mills needs to look up from the lint that's collected in his navel.
Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine
July 12, 2013
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.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
It understands death better than it understands life; it understands memories more than it understands what to learn from them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
Beginners, beyond its pervasive atmosphere of melancholy and loss, suffers from a little self-indulgence. It's your typical indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 15, 2012
Life begins at death. A funny, engaging romantic dramedy about never being too late to find happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 26, 2012
Una historia profundamente humana en la que el director no teme escarbar en sus propios fantasmas. Christopher Plummer se adueña de su personaje de una manera tierna y conmovedora, que le valió el Oscar como mejor actor de reparto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
Good performances by McGregor, Plummer and Laurent. A lot of odd characters in this film. The idea of a cute little dog communicating with people by telepathy worked pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 28, 2011
McGregor and Plummer put on a master's exhibition of timing, tone and tenacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 21, 2011
In any other movie, the key character of Arthur, a soulful Jack Russell terrier, would draw all the attention away from the two-legged protagonists, but the performances by the three leads are so superb that everyone is able to share in the glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz
December 7, 2011
Like his irreverent film Thumbsucker, Mills tackles dark territory but never strays too far into melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 28, 2011
Mills frames the tale with enough melancholy and self-reflection to give Beginners more than its fair share of observational truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
November 16, 2011
[Director Mike] Mills... gives the film a celebratory passion in the quiet closeness of father and son and the playful first-person storytelling...
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
A quietly moving, delicately mounted romantic drama that touches the heart with resorting to melodrama or an over-reliance on conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
August 26, 2011
McGregor and Plummer offer up two perfectly weighted, occasionally humorous and often heartbreaking performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)
August 25, 2011
Beginners is perceptive, funny and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
August 25, 2011
Veers between being at times rather tedious and at others very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 25, 2011
A beautifully understated piece of filmmaking and a playfully inventive style of storytelling are combined to great effect in Beginners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joshua Blackman
FILMINK (Australia)
August 25, 2011
It does get a bit too cute stylistically, but the easy chemistry between the three leads ensures this adds up to a gentle and often touching charmer.
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