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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: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  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. Reviewed by: Nick Prigge
    Jan 18, 2015
    63
    This snapshot of catharsis follows a familiar trajectory, but Kate Barker-Froyland refreshingly resists elevating her characters' relationship to the level of grandiose.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 20, 2015
    50
    The magical thing that Hathaway accomplishes here is in getting this film made and this look at the New York music scene out there.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 22, 2015
    50
    Movies can convey the fever of new love more intensely than almost any other medium, and Song One is best when it shrinks the world down to James and Franny alone together in a crowded city.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 23, 2015
    40
    The movie is an album-sleeve-thin romance steeped in a self-congratulatory Williamsburg, Brooklyn, vibe.
  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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