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90
What emerges is a poignant commentary on the uneasy commingling of love and fame.
75
The question subtly, craftily documented in The Swell Season is whether the fans or Hansard himself want to see the singer cast in this new role of success.
75
It's sadly and tenderly honest -- and so are Hansard and Irglova, as they generously and matter-of-factly open up to the camera.
75
Like "Once," this film is a tender little piece of heartbreak.
75
Most vividly, The Swell Season captures the insistent, borderline-disturbing energy of fandom at its most rabid and psychically intrusive.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Does right by both fans and subjects.
60
As shown in this disarming and intimate documentary named after their band, the oddness of actually being sought-after was something neither was prepared for.
50
Slant Magazine
Ultimately, though, they never cohere into something more than a moderately engaging for-fans-only tour diary.
50
Variety
Swell never really gathers momentum, remaining a collection of moments, some more privileged than others.
50
There are some compelling performance moments, and it's sad to watch these talented and basically nice people drift apart. But overall the film seems like a collection of bits and pieces, and it's hard to see how it could have much resonance for non-fans.

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