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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Oct 10, 2014
    75
    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.
  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: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 10, 2014
    63
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 7, 2014
    50
    The film fictionalizes his life story so aggressively that it’s no less (or more) entertaining than the average rom-com.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 9, 2014
    50
    David Frankel’s film reduces an extraordinary life to a predictable template of bullying, resolve, success, disappointment, and platitudes — a pattern repeated two or three times until the genuinely moving finale.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 9, 2014
    50
    Sweet and funny — largely thanks to James Corden in the lead role — it’s never particularly surprising.
  7. 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.

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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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