Song One Reviews

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January 29, 2015
Despite the delicate shadings Hathaway brings to the role, Song One moves inexorably from wan to wearying.
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
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
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
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.
January 22, 2015
Barker-Froyland has more than romance on her mind, and she crafts a nuanced ending to the story that feels right. We just wish we could have gotten to know these folks a little better along the way.
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
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 21, 2015
It all seems like low-key riffing, rather than a movie that makes any cohesive statement.
January 21, 2015
He's got writer's block, she's waiting out the brother's coma, and the audience is left to wait out the inevitable resolution to both hoary plotlines.
January 20, 2015
Fading out long before it's able to cohere into anything memorable, Song One has its heart in the right place (on its sleeve) -- it's just in desperate need of a few strong hooks.
January 20, 2015
The mellow chemistry between Hathaway and Flynn fits the mood of the film, even if their characters' tentative relationship could use more tangible conflict. A touch more humor wouldn't have hurt, either.
January 22, 2014
Writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland's debut feature is a mournful number, held back by an uncertain performance by Flynn and an alienating reverence for the restorative power of middling indie-folk.
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