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The Swell Season Reviews

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August 17, 2011
Ultimately, The Swell Season plays like an even-more-earnest sequel to Once - complete with plenty of new concert footage - which will surely be music to the ears of diehard fans. To everyone else, not so much.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2011
To viewers without a preexisting emotional relationship to the couple and their saga, that everyday angst is just banal.
April 22, 2011
Nothing more than a moderately engaging for-fans-only tour diary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2011
And you have to ask yourself, how much was the omnipresent camera another hindrance to the grind of the tour and the strain on their relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 14, 2011
Swell never really gathers momentum, remaining a collection of moments, some more privileged than others.
November 25, 2011
Overall the film seems like a collection of bits and pieces, and it's hard to see how it could have much resonance for non-fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2011
It's too focused on capturing a bygone moment and portraying it as the present, while the band and the couple have inevitably moved on, to a new album, a high-profile suicide at one of their concerts, a band hiatus, and well beyond.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 31, 2011
Their observational style, over the course of many weeks of shooting over a couple of years, yields some intensely personal footage of the tension of the road and the balancing of public and private personas.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 13, 2011
The music is integrated to comment on the status of their relationship during the film and the result is a very sad yet sweet and insightful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 2, 2011
For Once lovers who needed a "what happened next?" epilogue, this one moves even as it chastises.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2011
An emotional erosion captured by the trio in decidedly unromantic black-and-white.
November 3, 2011
The intimacy that results is candid and simple as the movie that, for good and ill, put them both center-stage in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2011
A sadly and tenderly honest portrait of a storybook romance lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
October 6, 2011
The connection between Hansard and Irglová is the heart of The Swell Season, and it's one that could use more backstory.
Read More | Original Score: 7.5/10
October 5, 2011
Very personal and intimate, giving you insight into the world of these fascinating musicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
October 7, 2011
It's an accomplished piece of filmmaking from the trio, who are making their feature-length documentary debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2011
[A] disarming and intimate documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2011
Like "Once," this film is a tender little piece of heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2012
A poignant documentary that tracks the fast rise and slow fall of the Hansard-Irglova fairy tale, through both tunes and tears.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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