Once Around

1990

Once Around (1990)

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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 script occasionally veers into both cliché and sentimentality, Once Around ends up a thoroughly charming experience, thanks to Hallstrom's knowing direction and the marvelous chemistry between Hunter and Dreyfuss.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

This is both recommendation and warning: Once Around is easy to take but hard to swallow.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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This rather overbearing romantic comedy is by no means a disaster.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2.5/4

On the whole Once Around is strangely enervating, proof that family problems -- even those of fictional families -- are often best kept behind closed doors.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

There is no there there, just the dead red glow of the beckoning Exit light.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The first movie in a long time to leave me speechless.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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A beautiful movie!

Leo L
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