Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 27, 2014
    Perhaps the cleverest thing about Barker-Froyland’s delicately contrived debut is how uncontrived she manages to make it seem.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Sollosi
    Jan 27, 2014
    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
    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: David Rooney
    Jan 27, 2014
    The delicate drama is sweet and sincere but a tad thin to resonate.
  5. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Jan 27, 2014
    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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