Once Around (1990)



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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lasse Hallstrom, Malia Scotch Marmo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 28, 2004
MCA Universal Home Video



as Renata Bella

as Joe Bella

as Marilyn Bella

as Gail Bella

as Tony Bella

as Peter Hedges

as Jim Redstone

as Trainer #1

as Belly Dancer

as Honey Beach

as Young Jan Bella

as Minister

as Little Boy

as Lithuanian Priest

as Justice of the Peace

as Roving Violinist

as Young Joe Bella

as Young Renata Bella

as Young Jan Bella

as Young Tony Bella

as Wedding Guest

as Wedding Guest

as Lithuanian Dancer

as Lithuanian Musician
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Critic Reviews for Once Around

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
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
Rolling Stone
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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There is no there there, just the dead red glow of the beckoning Exit light.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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The first movie in a long time to leave me speechless.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Once Around


A beautiful movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer


An interesting and believable cast of characters. Yet Sam's character (Dreyfuss) never made sense to me, and he exuded a fakeness that made me unsympathetic to his travails and constantly waiting for the sales pitch.


I was hoping for better from one of my favorite actors, Richard Dreyfus. But unfortunately it wasn't that memorable of a film...

David Novak

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