• Released
  • June 17, 2011
  • (Limited 6/17)
  • R , 1 hr 45 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
  • 148 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Newfound love brings back a man's memories of his father coming out of the closet at 75.

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Critic Ratings

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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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'...
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Rated R | For Language and some sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Touching gay-themed dramedy about love and loss.
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