100

HitFix

By Drew McWeeny
John Carney, who wrote and directed "Once," has made another great film that focuses on songwriters and the way their lives influence their work.
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88

The Wrap

By Alonso Duralde
Begin Again is as uncynical and unironic a film as I've seen in a while, which will no doubt be a turn-off to many. But like a catchy summer jam, it doesn't need to apologize for being exactly what it is, nor do its fans have to feel guilty for getting it stuck in their heads.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
The film’s quiet pleasures creep up on you.
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80

Empire

Begin Again is a joyous movie about the good things in life: love, family, relationships, New York, creativity and music. And Knightley and Ruffalo make for one of the most unusual engaging couples of the year.
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
A film that lays emotions on the line and then drives them home with music.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
As a whole, it's a fairly mannered treatment of an expressive medium.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
With its cast of extremely likable performers, the perfect summer-in-the-city backdrop—in this case, New York — and a soundtrack stuffed with catchy, well-produced hits, Begin Again makes for easy-breezy entertainment.
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75

Slant Magazine

By David Lee Dallas
It's a film that lives in the high and not in the comedown, even though its characters are often stalled and wallowing.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Lon Grahnke
When the songs work well, as a few of them do, much can be forgiven.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Ruffalo and Knightley make an engaging pair of colleagues and their musical adventure together results in an enchanting, gently funny and occasionally poignant story.
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62 out of 100
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