Once Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 18, 2014
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 | Original Score: 8/10
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alison Willmore
October 10, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
At once delicate and gritty, wistful and deeply satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
So this is how you make a low-budget musical these days!
David Medsker
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 18, 2008
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.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It has its own peculiar naturalism, a kind of lo-fi, lovelorn charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 19, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Once is the anti-blockbuster that couldn't have come at a better time.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 16, 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 | 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 | Original Score: 7/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 2, 2008
A moving story about two people who share a common love of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Cornelius
January 14, 2008
With delicate care and a modest street musician attitude, Carney has reinvented what a movie musical can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bill Gibron
December 28, 2007
...an epic told in incomplete lyric lines, a classic fable forged out of slowly strummed guitar, lilting piano, and strained, struggling voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Fendelman
December 24, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mark Bourne
December 19, 2007
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.
Frank Ochieng
December 15, 2007
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
Kam Williams
December 14, 2007
A minimalist musical which makes the most of the 'boy-meets-girl theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 12, 2007
It's probably one of the best musicals I've ever seen...
Michael Dwyer
Irish Times
March 23, 2007
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