Metacritic Movie Ratings
Beginners Reviews



out of 100

Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum

    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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterKirk Honeycutt

    All the movie's playfulness rubs off on the actors. Scenes crackle with life. The chemistry among all the actors is terrific.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    The film's special mixture of sadness, comedy and hope sneaks up on you and stays in your memory.

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