Begin Again Reviews

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August 4, 2014
John Carney is not afraid of a cliche. After all, Begin Again is a musical, a genre that has always thrived on them. And he does know how to shape them to his own design, which is low-key and slightly tongue-in-cheek.
July 16, 2014
The trouble with this movie -- aside from its lack of visual wonder and musical shape -- is that you don't trust its priorities.
July 14, 2014
Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made "Once."
July 12, 2014
The wholesome, hopeful, let's-put-on-a-show enthusiasm may sound hokey but it's actually infectiously joyful. At the same time, Carney roughs up the edges just enough to make this fairy tale seem somewhat accessible and realistic.
July 11, 2014
This soulful outing is sure to please music lovers. And isn't that everyone?
July 11, 2014
Begin Again is a not-entirely-successful movie about not selling out; it's a theme that must concern Carney deeply.
July 10, 2014
It's all a bit easy - though quite nicely performed - and Knightley is never entirely convincing ...
July 10, 2014
Can a meaningful glance mean as much as a kiss? In this film, it can, and that's enough.
July 10, 2014
Keira Knightley brings a sweet soul to John Carney's delightful sort-of sequel to his low-fi hit, Once.
July 7, 2014
You can't really blame writer-director John Carney for trying, but despite a few very nice moments, this bigger, slicker follow-up mostly argues that Once should have been enough.
July 7, 2014
Its soft-rock bonhomie [prevails] over a story that often registers as trite or naive.
July 4, 2014
The movie is moderately obsessed with the ideal of authenticity, which is a rather awkward position to champion given that it is a calculatedly more-commercial, less-authentic variation of a film, Once, that Carney had already made.
July 2, 2014
The cast is, to a person, so likable and chummy that you want everyone to succeed. And the songs are hook-laden, easygoing numbers that are genuinely enjoyable.
July 2, 2014
Doggedly indie but unpretentious, "Begin Again" is one of the best movies I've seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge.
July 2, 2014
Begin Again is corny, improbable and generally a great deal of fun.
July 2, 2014
"Begin Again" sets out to be a feel-good movie and, despite such obvious intentions, it thoroughly succeeds.
July 2, 2014
Can a song save your life? And can an impossibly mushy, mawkish movie make you feel good? The answer to the second question, anyway, is yes.
July 1, 2014
"Begin Again" may not always swing, but it makes up for that in sincerity and a welcome willingness to ambush expectations.
July 1, 2014
"Begin Again" is pleasantly predictable if you're in an undemanding mood. If you're not, it's unbearable, like hearing a treasured folk song given a Hot 97 makeover.
July 1, 2014
Carney is on to something in "Begin Again," some handle on a particular truth he's exploring, and he remains faithful to it through the finish.
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