100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie darts, dreams, and sometimes seems to dance. The great Plummer, meanwhile, creates an inspiring, fully rounded man in late bloom, and McGregor responds with a performance to match.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
All the movie's playfulness rubs off on the actors. Scenes crackle with life. The chemistry among all the actors is terrific.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Beginners is all about beginnings that begin with endings - the point, Mills seems to be saying, is that sometimes you need to say good-bye to make room for hello.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film's special mixture of sadness, comedy and hope sneaks up on you and stays in your memory.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Beginners is filled with crises of identity, but underneath it all is a beautifully humane, sweet and intelligent movie that knows exactly what it is at every moment.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
What's refreshing about Beginners is its sympathy for all of its characters, which translates into the characters' sympathy for each other.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As for Plummer, I don't know how he does it, but he somehow radiates gayness. It's nothing overt, just some internal shift, but if you saw only 10 seconds of Plummer in this film, you would know he was playing a gay man. You just might not know how you know it.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
McGregor goes bone-deep in a performance of shining subtlety. And a never-better Plummer is simply stupendous, refusing any call to sentiment as he shows us Hal's resonant lunge at life. Mills works the same way. Beginners is one from the bruised heart.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is foggy with reverence and uncertainty. This is the passive work of a man nervous to touch the third rail of his parents' discontent.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.