Begin Again

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  • Summary: Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is leftGretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. [The Weinstein Company] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    May 31, 2014
    100
    John Carney, who wrote and directed "Once," has made another great film that focuses on songwriters and the way their lives influence their work.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Jun 23, 2014
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 2, 2014
    75
    The music is hit-and-miss, and the movie sinks into as many cliches as it avoids. But the characters are appealing, and the storytelling is just unconventional enough to keep an audience guessing.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Jun 26, 2014
    67
    "Once" was a small and well-loved heirloom, its imperfections part of the charm. But Begin Again has been burnished to a shiny dullness.
  5. 63
    Writer-director John Carney re-plays his greatest hit with Begin Again, a semi-successful attempt to recreate the magic of the Oscar-winning musical “Once” in New York with a big name cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 27, 2014
    58
    Most of the music is by New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander, and it’s heartfelt without ever really touching the heart.
  7. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Sep 14, 2013
    35
    A film that inserts banal plot devices and endless cutesiness in place of where the “good parts” should be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Jul 27, 2014
    10
    Begin Again now holds a top spot among my favorite movies. The story evolves into a lovely, graceful celebration about the love betweenBegin Again now holds a top spot among my favorite movies. The story evolves into a lovely, graceful celebration about the love between friends. Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley excel in creating and shaping characters that you hope to meet again. James Corden is also a delight! Expand
  2. MES
    Jul 30, 2014
    10
    Folks, if you like music and appreciate its power/magic, this is a film that you can't help but enjoy. A solid cast combined with excellentFolks, if you like music and appreciate its power/magic, this is a film that you can't help but enjoy. A solid cast combined with excellent storytelling and the power of its original music adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable 95 minutes. Perhaps not deep or profound, yet the four of us talked about music the entire night, fueled by the glow of this movie (and perhaps a little sangria). We all felt this was the best movie of the year, so far. Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2015
    9
    The first time I watched Begin Again, my heart melted as my ears and eyes kept wanting more. The cast was superb, and the songs wereThe first time I watched Begin Again, my heart melted as my ears and eyes kept wanting more. The cast was superb, and the songs were to-die-for. I cannot blame Adam Levine for his acting skills, but Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley gave the film a big 'bam!'. Honestly, their chemistry was good and it was nice that the plot ending was not forced, like it all came down to victory for them all. Expand
  4. Jul 29, 2014
    8
    What a pleasant little sleeper film in the middle of the hot summer. What weaknesses this story has is easily ignored due to the fact it hasWhat a pleasant little sleeper film in the middle of the hot summer. What weaknesses this story has is easily ignored due to the fact it has great music throughout the whole 90 minutes. Mark Ruffalo is a great star for this one and shows great character development. I have not seen him in anything I have not liked. Oh and did I mention it has great music. Not the type of movie to rave about, but the one that you can easily enjoy quietly while resting from the hot outdoor temperatures. Expand
  5. Feb 20, 2015
    8
    The movie sets the table well, it just takes a while to put it all together! The acting and story is well over the top. I am beginning toThe movie sets the table well, it just takes a while to put it all together! The acting and story is well over the top. I am beginning to love Keira Knightley more and more as I see her in different movies! Also Mark Ruffalo is at the top of his A list, and haven't seen him in really bad movies either. In addition to all the previous, the music and scores are pleasing, so get the full effect and watch it in surround sound!! We simply need to have more movie like this with all the right elements, overall will go on the list of some of my favorites, and one I will pull off the DVD shelf and watch again some time!! Expand
  6. May 13, 2016
    7
    If you would like to see a not complex movie, but with interesting content, I might like seeing “Begin Again”.

    Written and directed by John
    If you would like to see a not complex movie, but with interesting content, I might like seeing “Begin Again”.

    Written and directed by John Carney, the film made in musical comedy-drama genre and stars by Keira Knightley and Mark Buffalo. Also admires of Adam Levine have an opportunity to see him there.

    The genre of the movie implies that it is full of good music.

    Moreover, whole movie is about music industry and people, who are working in it and dreaming about it. More precisely, Dave Kohl (by Adam Levine) is newly successful musician, who used to write the music with his long-time girlfriend Gretta James (by Keira Knightley). After rising to fame, he breaks up with Gretta. However, she does not drop music and encounters Dan Mulligan (by Mark Buffalo), former successful record label executive. Dan takes liking for Gretta's music and persuades her to sing for his former record label.

    Without revealing further details, I can say that the film is easy to watch and leaves nice aftertaste. You will hear music from this film a long time after watching it.
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  7. Jun 28, 2014
    4
    This one left me flat. It doesn't hold a candle to the filmmakers previous work "Once", which had so much feeling and soul to it. AnotherThis one left me flat. It doesn't hold a candle to the filmmakers previous work "Once", which had so much feeling and soul to it. Another thing that Once had going for it was amazing music, and tremendous singers. I love Knightly (and I love the rest of this amazing cast - with the exception of Levine who I don't know much about), but she cannot carry the music. Her voice is average, and I couldn't get behind any of the songs. It's a problem. And the chemistry between Knightly and Ruffalo is just strange. It can't even touch the chemistry between Sandler and Vega in Spanglish - then again, that's a high bar. And I frankly just didn't get the ending at all. Expand

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