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Once is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. As their lives intertwine, they discover each other's talents and push one another to realize what each had only dreamt about before. Once is their inspiring story.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 154
- Fresh: 149
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Are you looking for a little film you can make your own, an enchanting, unpretentious blend of music and romance you can watch forever? If you do, Once is about to come into your life and make it whole.
Fresh: Forget everything you think you know about the movie musical, one of the more predictable genres. With Once, writer-director John Carney deconstructs it and reinvents it as something wholly new, inspired and alive.
Fresh: Don't miss Once. It has to be seen and heard to be believed and enjoyed.
Fresh: In an era when Hollywood has largely lost the ability to distinguish between romance and sex, Once is the rare film that recognizes that love is no less love for being held in check, it is merely a different kind of love.
I first watched Once in quite possibly the smallest theater ever, with about only four other people. My friend told me to watch it, (I had never heard of it) and the fact that there were only four people in the theater didn't quite encourage me that it would be anything to write a review on iTunes about. I was wrong. Once is the most beautiful film I have ever watched. The story is unique, the homemade quality to it is a refreshing thing that you almost never see in films today, and even if Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova aren't skilled actors, their performance is still touching, and their chemistry is amazing. The music was undoubtedly the best part. The music the two make together is touching and sorrowful, and because of the music, this film has become my favorite. I have become a huge fan of the two actors/musicians, and have bought both the soundtrack to this film, and the album they made before the film, The Swell Season. Ignore the R rating as well; a huge mistake. Once is rated R only for language, so don't worry about any nudity or explicit content. In a summer where so many sequels and high-production movies were released, (Shrek 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Spider Man 3), Once is a great example that you don't need a huge budget to make a wonderful film. It's awfully hard to persuade someone to go see a film through words, but believe me, give this film a shot; you will not regret it.
My wife works for a video rental store, I was in the store looking for something good for us to watch togrether & agravarate her until she got off work. When I came across this movie Once, I yelled to her ( payback she's usually yelling at me) have we seen Once she said no the rest is history. We laughed, we cried, we laughed, we cried, we were curious about the age difference which really didn't seem to matter, but mostly we smiled. Bought the soundtrack, bought the DVD, now I'm renting it to watch on itunes with me workmates. Iv'e told everyone I know about the movie if they are like me they will want to see it more than ONCE.
This is one of the best films I've seen in a very long time. No violence, no mayhem, just passion and light. An amazing film about the love between people and the reality of relationships. The film draws you in to the realness of the characters, the pure, raw emotion and power of music and power of love. I highly recommend you see this amazing film.