The Swell Season Reviews

January 13, 2012
The Swell Season wins the documentary prize for beating viewers over the head with gentleness, with the duo accentuated in rich, photographic chiaroscuro.
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.
December 2, 2011
For Once lovers who needed a "what happened next?" epilogue, this one moves even as it chastises.
December 1, 2011
An emotional erosion captured by the trio in decidedly unromantic black-and-white.
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.
November 23, 2011
A documentary that is every bit as intimate and disarming as the movie that made them famous...
November 10, 2011
Like any home movie, "The Swell Season" is uneven, but it's full of vivid moments between two painfully honest, likable people, learning some hard truths about fame and love.
October 21, 2011
Like "Once," this film is a tender little piece of heartbreak.
October 21, 2011
[A] disarming and intimate documentary...
October 20, 2011
What emerges is a poignant commentary on the uneasy commingling of love and fame.