Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. A completely appealing, beautifully preserved memory piece - a grand, colorful coming-of-age story with a candy box color palette and a standout performance by Renée Zellweger. It's a great story and a great crowd-pleaser.
  2. 88
    This is essentially Renee Zellweger's picture, and she glows in it.
  3. Peter's lightning-fast script and Loncraine's steady direction steer this road picture to the sunny side of the street.
  4. 75
    It's affable entertainment -- a road movie with a smart map and characters who are unpredictable human beings, not just billboard attractions.
  5. 70
    Sweet, modest and quietly classy, it's the perfect late-summer entertainment -- and it also happens to feature the most relaxed and nuanced performance Renée Zellweger has given in years.
  6. A good-natured screwball road film.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    The ensemble collectively displays crisp comic timing throughout.
  8. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    Chief among the movie's charms are Ms. Zellweger, Mr. Rendall--whose would-be actor Robbie is a dab hand at ­embroidery and accessorizing his stepmother--and Mr. Lerman, who plays George as a bookish adolescent with dreams of becoming a writer.
  9. A weightless movie as cheerily artificial as the Old Navy pitchman's bronze skin tones.
  10. If you have any curiosity at all about how a fellow like George Hamilton became a fellow like George Hamilton, My One and Only answers the question by looking, fondly, at his primary caregiver.
  11. 63
    My One and Only isn't exactly memorable, but this little, personable movie is a fine showcase for Zellweger's talents and a paean to the sort of mid-1950s America best remembered in Norman Rockwell paintings.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    My One and Only has an old-fashioned sensibility -- and some lovely Mad Men-style costumes -- making for a pleasantly diverting road movie.
  13. If there's a prevailing problem with director Richard Loncraine's bit of period fluff, it's that many of the characters encountered along the way are a touch too cartoonish to resonate meaningfully with audiences.
  14. The movie is filled with fun '50s Americana.
  15. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    The 1950s suit Zellweger, as does the film.
  16. 58
    Dying to hear George Hamilton’s origin story? No? Well, too bad, because the mediocre, nostalgic-soaked comedy-drama My One And Only, loosely inspired by Hamilton’s childhood, has been produced with a few big stars attached.
  17. It is diverting but insubstantial.
  18. 50
    The movie has a jolly, half-remembered quality, as though it were adapted from a particularly rose-colored memoir.
  19. Despite the title, My One and Only is irritatingly repetitive.
  20. Occasionally diverting but ultimately forgettable, My One and Only will become unforgivable if it inspires other former competitors from "Dancing With the Stars" to go in search of lost time.
  21. If any star’s life should lend itself to a grade-A guilty-pleasure biopic, its Hamilton’s, but My One and Only dodges the dirty details.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 23, 2011
    I really enjoyed this film. Loved the old cars, clothes, and slice after slice of life. Zellweger was great, as the rest of the cast. Interesting producer! Full Review »
  2. GildaB
    Sep 13, 2009
    If this movie were in a foreign language, critics would be praising it for its gentle humor, wonderful character roles and Renee Zellweger's perfect portrayal of a woman coming to realize her inner strengths. Because it is American, most will fail to realize how brilliantly each role is portrayed and how very satisfying and insightful this look at 50's Americana really is. Full Review »
  3. Raine
    Aug 30, 2009
    Sweet film about family and the twists and turns of life.