75

RogerEbert.com

By Christy Lemire
You’d have to be totally cynical, with a heart of stone and ice water in your veins, not to be even the slightest bit charmed by One Chance.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Annlee Ellingson
Director David Frankel has crafted a sweet, funny, heartfelt film, and while we may know all along how it all turns out, Paul's signature performance still gives us chills.
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63

Slant Magazine

By R. Kurt Osenlund
David Frankel crams his story with predictable developments, yet he matches his subject in spirit, pushing something into the spotlight that, however unlikely, elicits irresistible glee.
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60

The Guardian

By Catherine Shoard
The movie is strongest is when it strips away the facts and focuses on the emotional notes.
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60

Empire

A fluffy but fun telling of a rags to riches story.
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60

Time Out London

By Cath Clarke
The problem with the film is that Potts’s life story has been put through the Hollywood meatgrinder. Awkward details have been changed or erased – they’ve made Potts Welsh (he grew up in Bristol) and eliminated his siblings.
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50

Village Voice

By Chris Packham
The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template, populating the world with near-mythological threshold guardians who exist to assure the hero that he isn't good enough.
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50

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Sweet and funny — largely thanks to James Corden in the lead role — it’s never particularly surprising.
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40

Variety

By Scott Foundas
What keeps One Chance plugging along almost in spite of itself are the warmly engaging performances of Corden and Alexandra Roach.
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52 out of 100
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