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.
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.
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
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
Anne Hathaway downshifts into sullen-indie-melancholy mode.
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.
January 23, 2015
Starts off as a singularly strong slice-of-life drama before dissipating into thin air.
January 23, 2015
Anyone with the slightest allergy to emo-tinged millennial attitudinizing should steer clear.
January 22, 2015
When the film mercifully cuts from Hathaway sitting by her brother's bedside to scenes of her having a love affair with a popular folk singer, one realizes how comparatively action-packed it was to watch her sitting by the bedside.
January 22, 2015
It seems thin despite its first-rate cast, which includes two Academy Award winners.
January 22, 2015
Take away the Brooklyn chic and the medical emergency, and "Song One" is a pretty good study-hall daydream.
January 22, 2015
Like the music, which is easy on the ears though never catchy, the movie doesn't stick with you. Once it's over, it's gone.
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