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Mike Mills

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About the Movie

Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor (Star Wars I, II, III), Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (Inside Man), and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) star in Beginners, an uplifting comedy about how funny and transformative life can be. When graphic designer Oliver (McGregor) meets free-spirited Anna (Laurent) shortly after his father (Plummer) has passed away, Oliver realizes just how much of a beginner he is when it comes to long-lasting romantic love. Memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life, encourage Oliver to open himself up to the potential of a true relationship. Inspired by writer/director Mike Mills’ own father, it’s an original love story that critics cheer is “smart, poignant and often hilarious!” (Karen Durbin, Elle)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 149
  • Fresh: 125
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Beginners" is warm and revealing and bittersweet, if a trifle all over the place stylistically and thematically. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 29, 2011

Fresh: Mike Mills treats love and loss with a disarming tenderness and a refusal of sentimentality that make Beginners, his second feature, something of an anomaly among male identity flicks. What a finely wrought, wryly funny, transcendently sad movie this is. – Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine, Jul 12, 2013

Fresh: A quietly moving, delicately mounted romantic drama that touches the heart with resorting to melodrama or an over-reliance on conflict. – Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Oct 18, 2011

Rotten: One can only regret this writer-director's decision to cram so much material into the mix that some fine understated performances, and much of the film's emotional impact, are obscured along the way. – Kate Stables, Sight and Sound, Jan 5, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Too arty and slow-moving

I don't know if it's me or if the reviews are wrong, but this is the second highly-reviewed movie I've bought recently that was a disappointment. The other one was "Amelie."

I enjoy movies when they're done well, almost without regard to style, genre, or intellectual level. I've liked lots of "arty" movies, so thats not a problem. "Boring" is a problem.

Loved it

Thought it was beautiful.

Overrated, Slow and Boring

I get it. Mix a little love, gay pride, rom-com and death, and you get a great film. NOT. This is an overrated, slow moving and boring flick that will have you aching for Mission Impossible or even a good football game. The acting is mostly fine, although EM is mostly drab and superficial. Arthur the dog steals most scenes and is best at delivering one-liners. The predictable plot lines may not confuse, but they don't stir too many emotions either. All in all, it's a waste of time and an empty experience.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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