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  • Summary: After her musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny (Anne Hathaway), an archaeologist, returns home and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians andAfter her musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny (Anne Hathaway), an archaeologist, returns home and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved and meets James Forester (Johnny Flynn), his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. As a strong romantic connection develops between Franny and James, the question becomes if love can bloom even under the most adverse circumstances. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 21, 2015
    75
    It’s not quite “Once,” but Song One, featuring original music by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, captures a similar, unselfconscious beauty in the way music can make sense of big, ungainly emotions — as James puts it, “for three to five whole minutes.”
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 27, 2014
    70
    Perhaps the cleverest thing about Barker-Froyland’s delicately contrived debut is how uncontrived she manages to make it seem.
  3. 63
    Song One burns with genuine sentiment, charismatic actors, and good music. One wishes it were held together by something more than a series of moods.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jan 27, 2014
    50
    The delicate drama is sweet and sincere but a tad thin to resonate.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Jan 22, 2015
    50
    This quirky film does the unexpected: It pours on the restraint, emphasizing the grit and making the romance as low key as possible. It’s an anti-romance romance.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jan 21, 2015
    50
    Hathaway's performance is brave, strong, wistful, and misty, and she's especially affecting when being wooed, gently, by Flynn, playing an indie-folkstar.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 29, 2015
    38
    First-time filmmaker Kate Barker-Froyland trusts the silences that occur when two people aren't talking. That's a good thing. What's not so good is when the talk grows enervating.

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