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Beginners Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
Beginners, beyond its pervasive atmosphere of melancholy and loss, suffers from a little self-indulgence. It's your typical indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Leader
Little White Lies
July 21, 2011
Beginners drones along in a state of melancholic navel-gazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 17, 2011
In his follow-up to Thumbsucker, writer-director Mike Mills continues to evoke a state of perpetual adolescence: the only fears given real weight are of not being liked and of having to behave like a responsible adult.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 22, 2011
McGregor remains a likeable screen presence but, yet again, he seems to be in a never-ending search for a good script and a big hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2011
Many cherish this film. To me the cuteness feels pushy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Goss
Cinematical
March 22, 2011
Virtually every moment of introspective tenderness mustered up by this trio ends up undermined by Mills' super-precious execution.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 31, 2011
... the humans in Beginners never shape up into idiosyncratic, flesh-and-blood folks who get under our skin and engage our deepest emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
July 8, 2011
In Beginners, the Jack Russell terrier named Arthur proves to be damned cute. Unfortunately, the movie around him is not cute, it's coy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
June 2, 2011
For all the death and psychotherapeutic gamesmanship going on, this film is a comedy
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 22, 2011
Mills is making this one for himself, and anyone not in perfect alignment with the movie's glacial tempo of contemplation will likely become nauseous by the end of this lengthy, cutesy, empty march to the end of life.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
June 20, 2011
Excruciatingly faux-naïve and sentimental...
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 16, 2011
Plummer turns out to be nearly the only reason to see Beginners, which is on the whole an impossibly dreary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 12, 2011
Oliver flits from depressed to charming and back again as the script requires, ultimately feeling less like a character than a grand contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 46/100
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 3, 2011
All the gimmicks in the storytelling ... can't camouflage the fact that the story itself was never quite worked out.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 9, 2011
This is a bright-looking movie with a long face that seems to have learned nothing about life from death but clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Mills needs to look up from the lint that's collected in his navel.
Kate Stables
Sight and Sound
July 26, 2011
One can only regret this writer-director's decision to cram so much material into the mix that some fine understated performances, and much of the film's emotional impact, are obscured along the way.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
June 18, 2011
Filled to the brim with C-level indie quirk that's too self-absorbed to even bother to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 20, 2011
Beginners is well acted and has the occasional inspired moment, but its overly self-conscious quirkiness never quite gels with the emotional drama and the end result is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 1, 2011
This overloaded soap opera is so obsessed with sadness that it becomes a turnoff.
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