Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 22, 2015
    60
    Song One is an odd little movie. It seems as if there is more going on than there is, which you realize after it's over. As pleasant diversions in the moment go, however, you could do much worse.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Sollosi
    Jan 27, 2014
    58
    Barker-Froyland's intention was clearly to make Song One all about music and how it can bring people together. But the result is all about Anne.
  3. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jan 27, 2014
    58
    Song One is well intentioned, well-shot and has its musical heart in the right place, but it often feels incredibly familiar, and the more contrived, credulity-straining moments don’t help.
  4. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jan 23, 2015
    50
    Often, Song One feels like the timid B-side of last summer’s more satisfying music-biz saga, the much less woe-is-me and a lot more let’s-have-some-fun “Begin Again.”
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jan 22, 2015
    50
    The movie, which marks the feature debut of writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland, has the low-key appeal of “Once,” with its extended scenes of music and drama-free romantic subplot. But the characters in Song One are stubbornly bland, despite their quirks.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jan 27, 2014
    50
    The delicate drama is sweet and sincere but a tad thin to resonate.
  11. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 23, 2015
    40
    The movie is an album-sleeve-thin romance steeped in a self-congratulatory Williamsburg, Brooklyn, vibe.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 22, 2015
    40
    Heartfelt but enervated, Song One noodles around the Brooklyn music scene without stirring up magic.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 22, 2015
    40
    There’s something icky about a life-threatening coma that serves no function except to engineer a meet-cute.
  14. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 21, 2015
    40
    For her debut drama, Song One, filmmaker Kate Barker-Froyland snares Anne Hathaway. It’s a stroke of luck. Hathaway’s doe-eyed sincerity provides just enough weight to keep this sweet but slight romance from floating away.
  15. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jan 20, 2015
    40
    Fading out long before it’s able to cohere into anything memorable, Song One has its heart in the right place (on its sleeve)—it’s just in desperate need of a few strong hooks.
  16. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Jan 27, 2014
    40
    Writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland's debut feature is a mournful number, held back by an uncertain performance by Flynn and an alienating reverence for the restorative power of middling indie-folk.
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  1. Jul 9, 2015
    10
    I'm here only to say thank you , and that we (my wife&I) enjoyed your movie very much Mrs.Kate Barker-Froyland . Thank you Ms. MaryI'm here only to say thank you , and that we (my wife&I) enjoyed your movie very much Mrs.Kate Barker-Froyland . Thank you Ms. Mary Steenburgen (sweetest sounding voice in Hollywood) .Thank you Ms. Anne Hathaway (grace and elegance befitting your name and talent) And thank you players and song writers. To the critics , glaze has covered your eyes , a fresh breeze may clear your clouded judgement's . what do I know ? maybe not much . Somewhere out there this story has or is playing out right now . Ms. Froyland has captured that . Dear metacritic pls forward this to them Gary Full Review »