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Once Around (1990)

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71

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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74

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Movie Info

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom made his American movie debut with this romantic comedy, starring Holly Hunter as Renata Bella, an aimless Bostonian thirtysomething who attends a seminar for aspiring condo salespersons. Here she meets hotshot salesman Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), who immediately falls in love with her. After the marriage, Sam's well-meaning but obnoxious insistence on insinuating himself into every aspect of Renata's life rubs the rest of her family the wrong way. Though the

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Lasse Hallstrom

Dec 28, 2004

MCA Universal Home Video

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This rather overbearing romantic comedy is by no means a disaster.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Ethnic romances from Abie's Irish Rose to Moonstruck have traveled similar ground, but few have handled the role of family in a marriage more poignantly than Once Around.

May 12, 2001
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The first movie in a long time to leave me speechless.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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There is no there there, just the dead red glow of the beckoning Exit light.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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On the whole Once Around is strangely enervating, proof that family problems -- even those of fictional families -- are often best kept behind closed doors.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Dreyfuss and Hunter can't save what is a sappy and grating melodrama.

July 13, 2007
Film Threat

A wonderfully charming, true-to-life comedy-drama that was one of 1991's best and most overlooked films.

July 5, 2007
FulvueDrive-in.com

One of Richard Dreyfuss's best films....lovely stuff

February 7, 2006
Film Threat

Comedy-drama has more to it than it may at first seem.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Once Around

A beautiful movie!
December 24, 2007
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    1. Renata Bella: I had the greatest time of my life, The greatest time ever.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
    1. Sam Sharpe: Dogs can't make their dreams come true, so people have to.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
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