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: 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: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 22, 2015
    70
    This is a sweet-tempered and small movie that’s not remotely trying to be hip.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Jan 22, 2015
    67
    Not enough happens in Song One for the movie to really qualify as unpredictable, but it deserves credit for a steadfast avoidance of melodrama in a story that practically begs for it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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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 »