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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Oct 17, 2013
    70
    An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do.
  2. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Dec 6, 2013
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    The movie is strongest is when it strips away the facts and focuses on the emotional notes.
  4. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Oct 22, 2013
    60
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Oct 17, 2013
    40
    For all the solid efforts of the cast, it’s still one of those biopics with a totally canned story arc and as many head-slapping moments as intentional laughs.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Oct 24, 2013
    40
    Potts does the singing himself, but that doesn’t stop Justin Zackham’s (The Big Wedding) contrived script from sounding bum notes throughout.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Oct 17, 2013
    40
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 25, 2013
    7
    Paul Potts' rise from Joe ordinary to become the winner of the talent show Britain's got talent is a well documented true fairy tale success story that makes for a pleasantly entertaining little film with a big heart. Respected comedian James Cordon, lip syncing wonderfully (I trust that's what he's doing?), is endearing as Potts, but for my money the film is all but stolen by Alexandra Roach playing his wife. She provides the film with its core emotion and really is terrific. The film's screenplay is by turns funny and sad and you really would have to have a heart of stone no to be moved by it. Wonderful use is made of real locations in Venice and Wales with the Venetian city looking as beautiful as always. So,disengage brain. Leave your critical faculties at the door and just let this well crafted Cinderella story wash over you. Expand
  2. Dec 31, 2013
    7
    One Chance is as heartwarming as it is negligent. Paul Potts' tale is wonderfully told, as it challenges common stereotypes and discriminatory issues that exist today; all whilst the other characters appear to be developing in the background somewhere. Is this beginning to sound like a crowd pleaser? Well it is, and it's worth sitting through, as long as you keep your attention centered on Paul Potts. Expand

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