Beginners Synopsis
Newfound love brings back a man's memories of his father coming out of the closet at 75.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learning to Live 101

By BetaMike
Written from such a personal standpoint, "Beginners" has something for everyone. Christopher Plummer is, as to be expected, grand and noble in his role of the recently out dad but it is the emotion...


By mitchman_NYC
This is a terrific movie that you may never have heard of if you didn't see that Christopher Plummer got a best supporting actor Oscar for his wonderful work. Ewan MacGregor was entirely...

Good Movie

By HairDaryl
This movie was good... the acting was very good... the content was really nice..... my only complaint is.... it was very slow. it could have had a few more funny scenes in it to keep you going........

great movie

this movie was worth the price of admission.a nice little comedy drama about a man,his gay dad acute french girl and a loving dog.intelligent movie well acted and i enjoy the way it was filmed.if you...


By yutzess

Wonderful premise, although cute and lightweight at times

By review_central
Ewan McGregor could win your heart just opening a can of dog food, and this tender film allows him to develop a complex, bewildered, and thoroughly attractive character that no one else in Hollywood...


By Nickeygrl
At time in the movie season when bigger is better, loader is more grand it was nice to watch a simply lovely, sweet film about love, lost and the work of finding or avoiding either states of being. ...

By janagu

By drwood

I cried so much

By NassaDane
Extremely sad and beautiful. Everyone is so great. I wouldn't miss this one....

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