Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics What's this?

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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 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
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  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.