Song One Reviews

September 20, 2017
Newcomer Johnny Flynn is the shining star of this rather mesmerising music movie that hits the right notes.
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.
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 23, 2015
There are no real surprises here, just lives played out quietly and succinctly under the seductive spell of music.
January 23, 2015
Angsty musical romance has great songs, uneven plot.
January 22, 2015
Commendably, Ms. Barker-Froyland resists the urge to tidy up loose ends. And if her leads remain locked in a romance-novel connection ... at least it's one in which the smart girl gets the boy.
January 22, 2015
Loving the movie is out of the question - there simply isn't enough here - but writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland's feature debut is certainly a likable effort.
January 22, 2015
Not enough happens in Song One for the movie to really qualify as unpredictable, but it deserves credit for a steadfast avoidance of melodrama in a story that practically begs for it.
January 22, 2015
"Song One" makes no grand promises beyond the moments these people share, but those are intimately rendered and well worth celebrating.
January 21, 2015
It doesn't entirely work, especially to those who might find the live performance angle of the feature rough on the ears, but "Song One" is encouragingly earnest.
January 21, 2015
Captures a similar, unselfconscious beauty in the way music can make sense of big, ungainly emotions - as James puts it, "for three to five whole minutes."
January 20, 2015
An emotionally rich drama about the healing powers of music.
January 18, 2015
This snapshot of catharsis follows a familiar trajectory, but Kate Barker-Froyland refreshingly resists elevating her characters' relationship to the level of grandiose.
January 30, 2014
Franny's an enigma when Song One begins, and I can't say that she comes into sharp focus even by the conclusion. For a first-timer, Barker-Froyland is confident enough to let that mystery linger.
January 29, 2014
The songs, most of which were composed by Indie legends Jonathan Rice and Jenny Lewis, are truly highlights of the film, but in reality, they aren't enough to add any significant amount of cohesion to the story.
January 21, 2014
Perhaps the cleverest thing about Barker-Froyland's delicately contrived debut is how uncontrived she manages to make it seem.