Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    Together is unabashedly about people who need people. The film's satiric skewering of '70s liberalism works because it feels emotionally authentic.
  2. This is the rare movie that gets you to fall in love with characters you don't even like.
  3. 90
    Together is the kind of picture that makes you feel that there are many good reasons to actually LIKE mankind.
  4. Moodysson captures exactly the preening narcissism and gumption of these frazzled would-be revolutionaries trying to wriggle out of their bourgeois straitjackets.
  5. 90
    This hilarious and humane film nails its subject -- not just the unshaved armpits and the lack of underwear -- and marks Moodysson as a talent to watch.
  6. Aside from superb ensemble work from an 18-member cast, "Together's sense of human potential is its greatest pleasure.
  7. 90
    One of the most pleasant foreign films of the year, a funny, graceful and immensely good-natured work.
  8. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Has an almost perfect-pitch grasp of those messy, idealistic, vibrant times, when everyone was trying to reinvent himself from the ground up.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    We are free to adore a sad, funny, always good-natured film that eccentrically, tolerantly explores that moment when revolutionary ardor commingled with bourgeois stolidity to form our present weirdly ambiguous culture.
  10. Terrifically funny and remarkably wise, a comedy that speaks volumes, without a polemical word, about the tension between rigid politics of any stripe and the imperatives of life and love.
  11. 90
    A wonderfully complex examination of sexual and material politics that's full of bravely provocative, gently funny, and warmly human encounters.
  12. 88
    Exquisitely captures the irony and hopefulness of the era.
  13. A mordantly funny, clear-eyed view of an extended family's mounting dysfunction in a changing society.
  14. It's a brilliant little microcosm of the '60s experience that, in a most gentle way, shows us how the counterculture probably was doomed from its inception.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Moodysson puts it across with a sincerity that's genuinely heartwarming, and he sets it all to a surprisingly good soundtrack culled from the Swedish rock (who knew?) of the era.
  16. 80
    Moodysson's movie, one part mash note and three parts scathing piss-taker, is hugely compassionate toward the well-meaning fools in his tale, but he doesn't suffer their nonsense gladly; his film is, in large part, about grown-ups needing to grow up.
  17. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A scruffy delight, a movie with the happiest sort of family values.
  18. Moodysson's cornball sentimentality about the many shapes of the human family is tempered by his honesty about personal frailty and the silliness of utopian living experiments.
  19. 80
    On one level, Together is a countercultural soap opera, though played more as bittersweet comedy than as drama.
  20. Together's portrait of its social moment is right-on.
  21. 75
    It may be that Together only wants to remember a time. That it does with gentle, observant humor. If it has a message, it is that ideas imposed on human nature may be able to shape lives for a while, but in the long run, we drift back toward more conventional choices.
  22. An amiable look at a bygone time and a set of ideas about the world that once held far more power and magic than it does today.
  23. 75
    This is a rare breed of crowd-pleaser: a big-hearted, generous movie that never patronizes the audience.
  24. 75
    Free love, vegetarianism and lack of personal property are the rule.
  25. A gentle, sprightly satire that pokes fun at these trendy communards but emphasizes their humanity and fallibility.
  26. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The best thing about Together, apart from the way some of its characters grow on you even as others put you off, is the way it snatches idealism back from the brink of life-smothering orthodoxy.
  27. 70
    The actors, mainly newcomers, have an improvisational freshness well matched to the freewheeling camera work.
  28. 63
    A friendly movie, as scruffy and cozy as a woolen watch cap.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    9
    Usually when a film is innately counterculture, it tries to at least appeal to that sort of audience. "Together" does exactly the opposite - it might be the harshest criticism of indivisualism I've seen on screen; it presents free choice as an empty idea that is rarely practiced by its supporters. Rather, it says that conventions exist for a reason: they're meant to prevent us from tearing each other apart. As bold as a message this is, the movie is likely to alienate its most avid supporters: people without an open mind. (Yes, that is an insult.) Full Review »