This is an absolute charmer! A relatively simple tale fleshed out with inspiring music. Yes, boy meets girl and they make great music together but it has it's surprises and ends with inspiration and great hope, a real tonic. The extras are well worth watching to learn how a first time director insisted on a micro budget to make his film without interference and to enjoy the process, it all shows on screen in spades. Highly recommended.
Original direction and style, brimming with raw emotion and honesty. This indie film is a perfect winter film. The songs are words and inner thoughts given clarity. 'Once' has since become a broadway musical in 2013 (http://www.oncemusical.com) .Time to get the film soundtrack to this Irish gem.
I enjoyed this movie it wast just a sweet simply story the out come is not at all what I expected. Great Music and Scenery.
Loved it. Really simple but a lovely story. Great music.
A beautiful movie & wonderful music,
An introduction to so many amazing things combining music, the raw connection of two fresh to each other but established musical collaborators including the organic style of this films makes it hard not to fall deep into this movie's motives of blending cinema and music. Left me rushing to buy the soundtrack and discovering the Frames and the Swell Season!
this is a beautiful film especially if you love live music making. There is lots of great roots or folk music. A busker gets involved with a girl he meets on the street but not in the way you (or he) might predict. A very un Hollywood film with an un predictable story line and a gentle sweet pace. A hymn to how life can be unexpected and the support of those around us can move the logjam of our lives forward when we least expect it.
Curious but successful movie where the actors are musicians rather than actors pretending to be musicians. The plot is simple but the relationship between the two main characters is complex and unusual. It's a feel-good movie about a struggling musician and a struggling immigrant single mum, and the soundtrack is excellent.
This was a terrible movie which was so slow and lacking in any story that it became painful to watch. Can't think of anything positive to say about it.
So....someone wrote some songs (which all sound very the same, and one we hear too often)...and then someone wrote a story about someone writing some songs and recording them, with a slight love story thrown in. Doesn't make great viewing.
this film is just wonderful. as a songwriter, you dream of such things.
soundtrack is nothing short of amazing and the cast do their jobs very very well.
so nice to see a wonderful film with no sex, drugs, violence etc.
Terrible, not my type of movie. Turned it off after half an hour.
Loved it. It really inspired me to learn some of their songs. I really loved the way the relationships in this film develop, AWESOME FLIM. Way too underated
Simple story, but interesting characters. Shot in the wonderful city of Dublin. Great music that had us toe tapping and engrossed throughout this entertaining movie.
Fantastic movie. Loved it. Great music, great story and great acting.
i'm not sure why once was added to my queue... not my type of movie, so obviously not what i thought it would be.
Amazing. Exhilarating. Captures your heart. Makes you fall in love all over again.
Rent it, and be reborn.
I'll agree a slow movie, could have polished the language for us, but I still enjoyed it. To me it was a believable storyline, one that is probably played out everyday. As a viewer we often want the film to go a certain place to satisfy or desires etc, even in the case of a wrong choice, and if it doesn't fulfill our expectations, we walk and walk away from a movie disappointed.
Recommeded. Great story, great music. Great movie
a decent film with decent music
Brillient and unpretentious
the start was long and very boring, but did have a few touching moments, and captured some 'real' emotive moments. it is basically a musical.... of one song. over and over and over. got really sick of the song!! the director definitely has a talent, but this needed an overhaul to keep the attention up, and irritation level down.
I only watched 20 minutes - made no sense to me - over use of offensive language. Waste of one of my two movies in a week.
This felt like a big plug for the music - the same song was played endlessly; yes, snippets of others were played but not enough that you'd call this a musical. The artistic cleverness of not giving the lead characters names (they were just guy and girl), just means that as a viewer you can stay outside the story and not really care what is happening; not that much is. The "romance" aspect of the story is poorly handled, not absorbing or moving at all. Once was most definitely enough times to watch this movie.
was a pritty all round boring movie, felt like turning it off at the start.
This is a nice low budget inde film, a simple story that is well told through some great music....
Loved the music in this movie, but the story line lacked.
This movie is so much more than acting on a camera. The story is bittersweet but with a feeling of joy. It could have gone into darker realms but managed to keep some humor and dignity. The soundtrack is amazing and it's one you will not easily forget...
Very good, well crafted and not sentimental. Don't know how it snuck by all these years. One of the best romantic films I have seen, its up there. Wipe that from memory if you rent it and just expect a good movie and you won't be dissappointed.
I thought it was awesome, I didn't expect much,Very good performances and music
Boring, and I didn't like the music
The thing I liked most was that the story was realistic. The music wasn't my style but it had lots of passion and heart.
If you like Irish pub music, you will love this film which is essentially a musical with a bit of a love story thrown in for good measure. Some of the songs were repeated just one too many times, but still a very watchable, fun movie with some memorable characters.
Art-house or not, it's an interesting look in to the life of a wanna be musician. Quite an intereseting storyline, a little difficult to follow at times. The music certainly helps to give enjoyment to the movie. Makes you feel like looking for a CD with the songs on it.
Gorgeous film! Resembles a doco so you feel as if you are following the lives of the characters and their relationship is unfolding before your eye's... even though they are nameless and the story is fictional. The music is emotional and speaks volumes in place of long winded dialogue, the cinematography is perfect. A truly beautiful movie!
A nice tale of unrequited love between two struggling musicians. Everyone puts in good performances and the songs are energetic and enjoyable.
Such a beautiful film. Loved it!!! Music so wonderful.
A delightful film....a soft love story without any of the standard drama or hollywood rhythms. Engaging ordinary people as the lead protagonists. I really liked the music and the fit to the story. I'll borrow this again later after other people have had a go.
very good movie, a little hard to follow in parts
I don't get the hype. I found the movie dull and the music was definitely not my cup to tea!
I think this is one of those times that a movie has been hyped so much it's impossible for it to live up to expectations. Or maybe it's one of those times when it's proven I am an alien on this planet because I don't get what all the fuss is about. The story: nameless guy meets nameless girl (who is supposed to be Czech but grew up in Ireland and her attempt at the accent makes her sound ridiculous) and they sing a mournful song about suffering and other depressing things while carrying a vacuum cleaner round the city. Then they sing it again. And then another song then the first one again. Some more random singing. Then it ends. That really is the sum total of the plot and frankly just because it's not Hollywood rubbish doesn't mean it's great art. Once is certainly enough for me.
What a great movie. Simple story, but with so many positive vibes. The music is great, so much so we will be buying the music.
What a lovely, simple, beautiful movie about ...life. I hummed the songs for days after seeing this movie.
It was quite different from what I generally watch but was enjoyable
Really beautiful, moving movie. Not cliched which is refreshing!
There is a great scene in this movie where a recording studio engineer has to work on a weekend and starts out bored and annoyed, but then as he realises the music he’s hearing is fantastic, he gets right into it. That sums up the whole movie too: at first you think this is not going to amount to much, but it gets you in to totally loving it. The DVD extras are good too – just as natural as the movie. An understandable comment is that many people thought the movie was a documentary.
absolutely loved this movie, it has everything to make a great movie experience with a simple story, wonderful visuals and terrific music
This is a really nice slice of life film. You could watch it safely with an 8 year old which we did and she enjoyed it as much as we did. Well acted and worth a watch.
A beautiful and simple story and indeed a modern day musical, I loved the music! Amazing acting from 2 amatuers. I loved this film!
A beautiful interplay between an Irish busker and an attractive young woman who, together with several other musicians, record music that warms the hart. I liked the Catherine Hansard and her beautiful eyes.
A beautiful interplay between an Irish busker and an attractive young woman who, together with several other musicians, record music that warms the hart. I liked the young women and her beautiful eyes.
Great music and an easy story to watch. Just compare this to the Hugh Grant dud Music and Lyrics...
Nice, originality is always a winner!
Wonderfully 'real' movie, that spoke through the music and had very little acting in a technical sense. It was like walking on a journy besides two lives that wound together... the music was touching and the soundtrack would be a welcome addition to any music lovers collection.
Sweet and very honest. Good dialogue, lyrics and singing. Don't think I'd need to own it or see it again, but would reccomend it, very watch-able.
What a dark horse this movie is! It does start a little different and takes a while to get into but anyone that has ever had a broken heart will be carried away by the amazing music and the characters meld into their roles well and are very believable. I watched it twice just to hear the music!
Slow, basic romance... write your own ending
Simple story line, boy meets girl... but such a subltle and beautiful relationship.. great movie with sumptuous music... loved it
Wow! This is an amazing movie. Feels more like watching a documentary. The music is so good went straight to itunes and bought the soundtrack.
really great movie - lovely story, I didnt want it to end!
Not for all, but if you like off-beat films that are different to other movies, and you like good performances, and you like music, this could work nicely.
If Hollywood had been sent this script, I suspect they would have turned out something akin to ‘Music and Lyrics’.
The film falls somewhere between a musical and a romance, and in my opinion its art house origins may have swayed some of the ‘professional’ reviewers to be overly lavish in their praise.
The music is good, the male lead is adequate, but the film is stolen by the female lead, who is utterly beguiling.
Overall, its a pleasant enough film (if a little slow at times), and certainly worth a look.
Sorry, but I wouldn't waste time watching this one. Was poor quality acting and music dull.
i didnt like the cheap filming and bad acting of this movie but the one thing it did have going was the beautiful music in the film the 2 actors singing really had talent singing.
The title pretty much says how many times I need to see this movie.
Mostly about two people who meet and make music together.
A must for any fan of The Frames. Great music, believable acting.
quite the opposite of your rating.sorry i found it so boring.
the music was not my type, the acting was okay. the movie lacked something to entertain me.
Brilliant movie. Simplicity that doesn't come with the generic formula of a typical movie about 'boy meets girl'. Awesome soundtrack to boot. Highly recommended.
Due respect to my fellow reviewer, but I found this to be a big bore and much ado about nothing. I kept waiting for something to happen! I know, I know, it has received glowing reviews and "Falling Slowly" won best Oscar for song, but this movie is slow and tedious.
Not to be missed. A simple, and certainly melodic film that charts a short moment in two interesting characters' lives. Joyful and at times funny, the deep longing of both characters is always evident through song.
this raw and honest film proves that you don't need a monster budget and big-name stars to make something people will remember long after the dvd's gone back to the shop. the two leads are wonderful (as the director said on one of the features, he wanted musicians would could "kind of" act, rather than actors who could "kind of" sing) - they've got such fragility about them, and their hauntingly beautiful songs communicate where words sometimes fail. this film is practically perfect, and the soundtrack is a real winner. i loved it!!
Brilliant and amazing movie... low budget and roughly scripted it is one of THE best movies on my list of all time favourites. Brilliant and heartfelt, deep, moving, very emotional and amazing songs! I am totally in love with these people... especially Glen - he's gorgeous in so many ways.
Fabulous music and a story that's more 'real' than reality TV.
Loved it- simple film with some beautiful music.
We found the sound very poor and the language the same. Didn't persevere.
A very special movie - the soundtrack is haunting and beautiful - movie stays with you long after you have seen it.
A brilliant movie - have now bought the soundtrack as well!
a simple movie with a basic story quite realistic and filmed as though the events are taking place as we watch.It's not worthy of winning any great awards but pleasant enough to watch with simple folk love songs througout the entire movie
-and a half. I loved this movie. Although the music in the movie is not what I generally like listening to it was performed with such honesty and sincerity. I must buy the cd.
If you love action, explosions and drama this may not be for you.
It's moved into my top 100 and I'm not sending it back yet, I want to watch it again!!!!