(2007)

Critic Reviews

88

Metascore

Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Until Once, I'm not sure that I'd ever seen a small-scale, nonstylized, kitchen-sink drama in which the songs take on the majesty and devotion of a musical dream.
90
Its low-key affect and decidedly human scale endow Once with an easy, lovable charm that a flashier production could never have achieved. The formula is simple: two people, a few instruments, 88 minutes and not a single false note.
88
TV Guide Magazine
Focusing strictly on stripped-down performances of great music and the charming chemistry between the two leads, it's a perfectly realized yet unassuming movie that deserves to find a big audience.
88
New York Post
What "Rent" should have been, Once is: a Bohemian rhapsody.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
The film has enormous charm and zero pretense.
80
Village Voice
Yet the magic of the movie is how utterly wrenching it renders these songs, which thrive alongside the film's simple, eloquent, dusky narrative.
80
L.A. Weekly
Once feels handmade in the best sense, an impressionistic feast for the senses cobbled together from lovely grace notes and a warm palette of reds and yellows.
75
This isn't a perfect motion picture but, in the midst of summer's vapid pursuit of spectacle, a movie that provides real heart and emotion is a rare find.
70
A film of limited production values, a low-quality picture and the occasional flubbed camera move. But it makes up for these flaws with sharp observations, compelling characters and a great collection of music.
70
Variety
Winningly unpretentious tale uses a wispy romantic narrative as a vehicle for attractive original tunes.

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