(2010)

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100
What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial.
100
You know you're in the hands of a superbly gifted filmmaker when he can pull off a talking dog.
100
A lovably quirky comedy-drama with a rhythm all its own.
91
The movie darts, dreams, and sometimes seems to dance. The great Plummer, meanwhile, creates an inspiring, fully rounded man in late bloom, and McGregor responds with a performance to match.
90
All the movie's playfulness rubs off on the actors. Scenes crackle with life. The chemistry among all the actors is terrific.
85
Beginners is all about beginnings that begin with endings - the point, Mills seems to be saying, is that sometimes you need to say good-bye to make room for hello.
80
A buoyant and disarming drama about sons and fathers, death and dying, living and loving and all the ways we find ourselves starting over, hoping to finally get it right.
80
The film's special mixture of sadness, comedy and hope sneaks up on you and stays in your memory.
80
Beginners is filled with crises of identity, but underneath it all is a beautifully humane, sweet and intelligent movie that knows exactly what it is at every moment.
75
McGregor goes bone-deep in a performance of shining subtlety. And a never-better Plummer is simply stupendous, refusing any call to sentiment as he shows us Hal's resonant lunge at life. Mills works the same way. Beginners is one from the bruised heart.
75
As for Plummer, I don't know how he does it, but he somehow radiates gayness. It's nothing overt, just some internal shift, but if you saw only 10 seconds of Plummer in this film, you would know he was playing a gay man. You just might not know how you know it.
75
What's refreshing about Beginners is its sympathy for all of its characters, which translates into the characters' sympathy for each other.

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