Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. If you care about the best kind of independent filmmaking, if you want the option of experiencing artistic films when you go to the movies, missing out on One is not an option. When a film like this appears, attention should be paid.
  2. 80
    Barbieri is a natural filmmaker, with an eye for film space and a gift for pacing. Both of his leads are wonderful, but it's Picoy who will break your heart.
  3. Once in a while, a little reality can be a welcome antidote to our increasingly outsized film fantasies.
  4. 75
    A spare, internally emotional movie like One requires something called screen presence. Its two leads have it.
  5. This restrained drama of lifelong friends drifting in separate directions is a quietly rich and resonant portrait of disconnection.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A moody, beautifully acted character piece.
  7. 70
    Even more than the subtlety of the writing and acting, it's this sophisticated and emotionally potent visual strategy that suggests Barbieri's promise as a filmmaker and lifts One above the low-budget indie heap.
  8. 70
    A very ambitious film that goes places few films have dared.
  9. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    A movie that keeps you wondering about its characters' true feelings and motives long after you've left the theater.
  10. 60
    Too much of a study in formalism to register deeply on an emotional level.
  11. A worthy subject is poorly executed.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary Carole McCauley
    Has the fingerprints of earnest, first-time filmmakers all over it.
  13. All in all, this is perhaps one of those films you applaud more for design than execution while hoping at the same time that its boundary-testing restlessness becomes more widely influential.
  14. The film's spareness and lack of words seem affected and ultimately unrealistic. At such moments, its refusal to put things into words and its crushing sense of gloom turn self-defeating.
  15. 25
    A rare dud in the Shooting Gallery series.

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