Song One Reviews

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July 18, 2019
One can languish in the strumming of melancholy inspiring folk music only for so long before this feels like a crutch that takes the place of material lacking in the narrative.
September 20, 2017
Newcomer Johnny Flynn is the shining star of this rather mesmerising music movie that hits the right notes.
August 24, 2017
Song One seems unabashedly fond of romantic rooftop wee-hours hangouts in front of Manhattan skyline bokeh backdrops. It's all tenderness and no cynicism in this little world.
August 21, 2017
[Anne] Hathaway emotes prettily, but this slight picture evaporates on contact.
June 21, 2016
t's the scenes without music that feel false, and Song One has far too many of them.
December 21, 2015
There's something just too precious about it all.
December 18, 2015
If you're a Hathaway fan, this will be worth your time; she's in every scene, and builds a convincingly tense relationship with screen mom Mary Steenburgen. But if you're looking for the next Once, well, this isn't it.
March 27, 2015
Writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland doesn't bother to disguise Song One as something it's not.
March 24, 2015
"Song One" is an enjoyable watch, but an even better listen, its songs bringing a thoughtful melodic glow to modestly endearing material.
February 3, 2015
There are only so many scenes of Hathaway tearing up while either a) staring at her brother or b) watching James strum his guitar that one can take.
January 30, 2015
There's a sweet melody without much accompaniment in this slight romance.
January 29, 2015
Despite the delicate shadings Hathaway brings to the role, Song One moves inexorably from wan to wearying.
January 24, 2015
It doesn't always add up to much more than a smile and a tear, but the music and the acting are just good enough to make this "Song" sing.
January 24, 2015
Kate Barker-Froyland's musical melodrama isn't particularly deep in the dramatic department, but hits a few key notes when it comes to its music.
January 23, 2015
There are no real surprises here, just lives played out quietly and succinctly under the seductive spell of music.
January 23, 2015
Anne Hathaway downshifts into sullen-indie-melancholy mode.
January 23, 2015
Angsty musical romance has great songs, uneven plot.
January 23, 2015
This is about people bonding over tragedy, the demanding grind of the music industry, and the soothing effect of a good, earnest melody; only good at one of these.
January 23, 2015
In her feature debut, writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland tends to tiptoe away from the dramatic high notes that audiences often crave and comes up a stanza or two short from a fulfilling resolution.
January 23, 2015
The film, like the world it's part of, remains just a little too precious, a little too self-involved, a little too insular. Instead of singing out, directly to us, it hums its little tune only to itself.
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