Once

Once

Once

Charming Dublin-set tale of a thirty-something street performer and vacuum cleaner repairman known only as Guy (Glen Hansard, lead singer of The Frames) and a Czech Republic immigrant, single mother and rose-seller known only as Girl (Markéta Irglová). Meeting after one of his late-night performances, the two strike up an intimate friendship rooted in their shared misfit situations and musicianship dreams, the latter leading to a tentative collaboration in front of the ol' piano.

Sundance 2007 - Audience Award Winner.
2007Rating: M, Moderate coarse language85 minsIreland
DramaMusicalRomance

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

I jumped at the chance to see Dublin-set Once, hoping that it would paint a pretty picture of the Irish city that I felt had disenchanted me as a visitor. The critics' reviews were glowing; even Mr. Spielberg had an endorsement on the poster. Alas, much like my travels, I was somewhat underwhelmed.

3.0

Not a bad story...

I quite liked it, my wife thought it was boring. Not high on impact, glad we found a wet day to go.

3.0

Enjoyable and Endearing

Unassuming great little movie that had me reading the credits to see who these people were.

5.0

taking the musical to new places

This movie is a must see. The characters are so real, the story unfolds with rich emotion and you literally feel like you know these people - the next day you want to sing their songs.

4.0

This movie makes you feel good about life all over again

Stories like this aren't accidents, this movie is exquisitely crafted it builds and explores the simple innocent joy of music and how it creates and build relationships and heals hurts.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

Winningly unpretentious tale uses a wispy romantic narrative as a vehicle for attractive original tunes. Pic's charm seems so offhand one might not notice the skill with which helmer John Carney pulls it off, or how it plays like a full-blown musical without anyone bursting into song.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

I'm scared to say how good it is for fear of overselling it; it's such a tiny, fragile thing and, on paper, sounds so improbable. But the unaffected charm of its two main characters, neither of whom is named, gets utterly under your skin...

5.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The raw and heartfelt performances, and an ending so perfectly played out, make this movie a must-see...

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The year’s most pleasant cinematic surprise. Once has enough heart, wit, verve and sheer songwriting genius to ensure you’ll see it far more times than its title suggests...

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is the sort of movie that could renew your faith in the medium... a gorgeous little movie. Go see it...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is the musical film for the people who hate musicals, but love music and film. Go see this utterly charming film...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Think movie musicals, think stagey sets, glittery costumes, impromptu warbling and total fakeness, right? Not if you consider Once; an unassuming Irish indie that, for all its lack of gloss, outstrips its high budget American counterparts with sheer charm and sensitivity.

4.0
Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

I jumped at the chance to see Dublin-set Once, hoping that it would paint a pretty picture of the Irish city that I felt had disenchanted me as a visitor. The critics' reviews were glowing; even Mr. Spielberg had an endorsement on the poster. Alas, much like my travels, I was somewhat underwhelmed.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Winningly unpretentious tale uses a wispy romantic narrative as a vehicle for attractive original tunes. Pic's charm seems so offhand one might not notice the skill with which helmer John Carney pulls it off, or how it plays like a full-blown musical without anyone bursting into song.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

I'm scared to say how good it is for fear of overselling it; it's such a tiny, fragile thing and, on paper, sounds so improbable. But the unaffected charm of its two main characters, neither of whom is named, gets utterly under your skin...

5.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The raw and heartfelt performances, and an ending so perfectly played out, make this movie a must-see...

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The year’s most pleasant cinematic surprise. Once has enough heart, wit, verve and sheer songwriting genius to ensure you’ll see it far more times than its title suggests...

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is the sort of movie that could renew your faith in the medium... a gorgeous little movie. Go see it...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is the musical film for the people who hate musicals, but love music and film. Go see this utterly charming film...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Think movie musicals, think stagey sets, glittery costumes, impromptu warbling and total fakeness, right? Not if you consider Once; an unassuming Irish indie that, for all its lack of gloss, outstrips its high budget American counterparts with sheer charm and sensitivity.

4.0

Not a bad story...

I quite liked it, my wife thought it was boring. Not high on impact, glad we found a wet day to go.

3.0

Enjoyable and Endearing

Unassuming great little movie that had me reading the credits to see who these people were.

5.0

taking the musical to new places

This movie is a must see. The characters are so real, the story unfolds with rich emotion and you literally feel like you know these people - the next day you want to sing their songs.

4.0

This movie makes you feel good about life all over again

Stories like this aren't accidents, this movie is exquisitely crafted it builds and explores the simple innocent joy of music and how it creates and build relationships and heals hurts.

5.0