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Once Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

April 18, 2014
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

At once delicate and gritty, wistful and deeply satisfying.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A-

October 29, 2008
Bob Mondello
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So this is how you make a low-budget musical these days!

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
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

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

September 18, 2008
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

my biggest road block was the fact that I didn't like the music

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

August 17, 2008
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

It has its own peculiar naturalism, a kind of lo-fi, lovelorn charm.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um filme mágico que, através de sua narrativa enganosamente simples, alcança uma vitória que escapa à maioria das obras do gênero, retratando com sentimento o instante preciso no qual dois seres humanos se descobrem apaixonados um pelo outro.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

April 19, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

Once is the anti-blockbuster that couldn't have come at a better time.

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 9/10

February 28, 2008

a tender little ultralow budget movie about the intimate connection of making music...the warm folkiness of the songs and their generally non-narrative-pushing content make it feel more like a long, lovely home movie of a short portion of two people's liv

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4/5

February 16, 2008

Un effort battant la mesure d'une manière somme toute imparfaite, mais néanmoins prenante, qu'un genre aussi excessif que le film musical a besoin de temps à autre...

Full Review Source: Panorama | Original Score: 7/10

February 16, 2008
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A moving story about two people who share a common love of music.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2008
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

mia idiaiteri kinimatografiki empeiria, esto kai san kolaz, apo mia seira binteoklip me toys idioys, agapimenoys soy protagonistes

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 26, 2008
David Cornelius

With delicate care and a modest street musician attitude, Carney has reinvented what a movie musical can be.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

January 14, 2008
Bill Gibron

...an epic told in incomplete lyric lines, a classic fable forged out of slowly strummed guitar, lilting piano, and strained, struggling voices.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2007
Adam Fendelman

Though the trailer for Once might pique your curiosity, you don't know the freight train of raw emotion that's about to blindside you.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 24, 2007
Mark Bourne
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

December 19, 2007
Frank Ochieng

Carney's Once is definitely not enough...thoroughly inspirational, lyrical, charming and cheeky...a winning spark that ignites the lovelorn imagination.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2007
Kam Williams

A minimalist musical which makes the most of the 'boy-meets-girl theme.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2007
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's probably one of the best musicals I've ever seen...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

November 12, 2007
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