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  • Summary: A modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard from the Irish band "The Frames," the film tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story. (Fox Searchlight)
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
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  1. 100
    In its own subdued, mellow way, Once is just about perfect.
  2. A miracle of a movie that is both fairy tale and slice of life.
  3. 100
    Once is the kind of film I've been pestered about ever since I started reviewing again. People couldn't quite describe it, but they said I had to see it. I had to. Well, I did. They were right.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
  5. The film has enormous charm and zero pretense.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    Yet the magic of the movie is how utterly wrenching it renders these songs, which thrive alongside the film's simple, eloquent, dusky narrative.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Winningly unpretentious tale uses a wispy romantic narrative as a vehicle for attractive original tunes.

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  1. Negative: 27 out of 161
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    "Once" works so well in the realm of its own simplicity: two people connect over their love of music, and the week that they share together is fulfilling enough to last a lifetime. The music, written and performed by the two leads Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, is pure bliss and the movie is an independent film, so the dialogue and character interactions are allowed to feel genuine. Expand
  2. CharlieC.
    Dec 1, 2007
    Little but deep, rough but sweet, quiet but moving, silent but full of music. That's ONCE, an almost perfect film for our times. Don't miss it, please. Expand
  3. BruceS.
    Jun 1, 2007
    This little Irish item is the best Irish film since the commitments and maybe better. A terrific chick Flick, in the best sense of the phrase. The chemistry and music are 'spot on;! Expand
  4. StevieG
    Apr 18, 2008
    An absolute triumph from beginning to end. Sublime music, an unconventional love story in the simple world of Dublin!!
  5. AndrewK.
    Jun 27, 2007
    Wow. What can I say about this movie that hasn't already been said. Anyone who didn't like the movie just doesn't get it. And if you would use characters from Garden State as something to strive for, you have no idea what a good character is. The music is amazing. The acting is imperceptible. Marketa Irglova does not pale in comparison at all to her costars, as one reviewer suggests. This film is musical, but it's not a "musical." It flows like real life. Not the type of film that immediately hits you as being "great." It's the kind of "great" that sneaks up on you. Expand
  6. MaxL.
    Jun 12, 2007
    A simple story told very well of a boy meeting a girl and their making music together at a recording studio. The music was very enjoyable and the story was heartfelt. Expand
  7. FranklinH
    Jul 9, 2007
    The music sucks. Maybe if you really like derivative-folk-rock-david gray rip off ballads you'll like the music. What little story there is is linear and uninteresting. There is a pathetic attempt at some kind of climax that doesn't pay off bc it's never earned and we have no reason to care for these characters and their relationship whatsoever. Once, was one time too many. BOOM! Expand

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