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Once Reviews

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Cole Smithey
June 7, 2007
Music video masquerades as a heart-on-sleeve narrative featuring a charismatic, if musically limited and redundant, Glen Hansard of the Irish rock band the Frames.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 26, 2008
mia idiaiteri kinimatografiki empeiria, esto kai san kolaz, apo mia seira binteoklip me toys idioys, agapimenoys soy protagonistes
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
my biggest road block was the fact that I didn't like the music
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Cabin
May 17, 2007
Couldn't be less bogus if James Blunt sat on a stage in front of an empty bar saying "this one's for the lady in the back."
| Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
May 27, 2007
...music that struggles to achieve mediocrity and a bland story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 28, 2007
This lovely tale of a love affair between a Dublin street musician and a flower girl will leave you wistful for more. It's a movie to fall in love with and a movie to fall in love during. It is the most naturalistic musical ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2007
I guarantee to you that this film will, in a few years, be regarded as a small classic. Discover Once now.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
June 28, 2007
It has a Before Sunrise vibe, but the aphrodisiac is music rather than pseudo-philosophical Gen-X ramblings.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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James Berardinelli
May 14, 2007
It deserves to be seen and offers more real human emotion than most of the year's would be box office busters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 1, 2007
One of the movie's pleasures is that it keeps us asking what sort of love story will Once become?
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Pete Hammond
May 21, 2007
A musical for people who HATE musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 17, 2007
Once is one of those urban fairy tales you come out of not wanting to switch on your car radio, make small talk or do anything but shelter in its beguiling ambiance for as long as you can to avoid re-entering the real world.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 24, 2007
For reasons they'll have to go to hell for someday, the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board gave Once an R, for a handful of swear words. Ignore that. And enjoy the film.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 18, 2007
It takes all of 10 seconds for John Carney's Once to announce itself as something special.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
ONCE isn't a perfect film, it begins a little wobbly but once its leading lady makes her entrance, the movie soars and turns into a haunting love story that is set to gorgeous music.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 30, 2007
The bohemian Irish musical is so phenomenal you'll need to see it a second time, if only to confirm to yourself that the movie is really as good as you remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alison Willmore
October 10, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Edward Douglas
May 18, 2007
The perfect movie to fall in love with, as well as the perfect movie to fall in love to.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
Amazing music, great performances. This is really, truly a musical, in the best sense of the word.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 31, 2007
The perfect movie for people who love music.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dwyer
Irish Times
March 23, 2007
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