Newfound love elicits a man's (Ewan McGregor) memories of his late father (Christopher Plummer), who came out of the closet at 75 and fully embraced homosexuality.
" Watching the film is like spending two hours consuming fat, sugary doughnuts of self-pity. "
" You know you're in the hands of a superbly gifted filmmaker when he can pull off a talking dog. "
" It's a movie about untangling roots in order to grow. "
" It's a hopeful fable with deep optimism and a cheerful style that kids itself. "
" An affecting film by Mike Mills that makes a virtue of its own awkwardness. "
" A strange and beautiful film. "
" An effective portrait of a damaged individual uncertain about the meaning of love and commitment and the two key relationships in his life that teach him lessons about both. "
" "Beginners" is warm and revealing and bittersweet, if a trifle all over the place stylistically and thematically. "
" It's an embarrassment of emotional riches -- some pure and crisp, others cloying. This is a film that delights one moment and, the next, gets bogged down in its morass of feelings. "
" Excruciatingly faux-naive and sentimental... "
" Wwhile there's plenty of melancholia, there is also sweet wonder and celebration in writer-director Mike Mills' semiautobiographical tale of a straight son coming to terms with his own love's possibilities after his father comes out of the closet. "
" The film is not about a straight man's struggle to understand how his father is gay; it's about learning that happiness is always possible if you're brave enough to keep your heart open. "
" Mike Mills' wistful, wonderful "Beginners" feels a lot like life - it'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry (well, me anyway) and, by its end, you'll feel as if you've learned something. "
" "Beginners" is a delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey. "
" Many cherish this film. To me the cuteness feels pushy. "
" This is a bright-looking movie with a long face that seems to have learned nothing about life from death but cliches. "
" "Write what you know," the standard advice goes, and filmmaker Mike Mills (Thumbsucker ) knew he had a compelling family story to tell. "
" Beginners is the story of adults who are beginners at love but who are slowly, scene by scene, moving forward in their journey. "
" Beginners finds life both ripe with possibility and ensnared in the past. But then every morning is a beginning, right? If only we could remember that. "
" In his follow-up to Thumbsucker, writer-director Mike Mills continues to evoke a state of perpetual adolescence: the only fears given real weight are of not being liked and of having to behave like a responsible adult. "
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