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.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 2011-07-01
"Beginners" is warm and revealing and bittersweet, if a trifle all over the place stylistically and thematically.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2011-06-29
A strange and beautiful film.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-06-24
"Beginners" is a delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2011-06-23
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.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2011-06-17
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.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2011-06-17
An affecting film by Mike Mills that makes a virtue of its own awkwardness.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2011-06-17
It's a movie about untangling roots in order to grow.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-06-16
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.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2011-06-15
You know you're in the hands of a superbly gifted filmmaker when he can pull off a talking dog.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2011-06-10
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.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2011-06-09
Beginners is the story of adults who are beginners at love but who are slowly, scene by scene, moving forward in their journey.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-06-09
"Write what you know," the standard advice goes, and filmmaker Mike Mills (Thumbsucker ) knew he had a compelling family story to tell.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2011-06-09
It's a hopeful fable with deep optimism and a cheerful style that kids itself.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-06-09
Excruciatingly faux-naive and sentimental...
Richard Brody, New Yorker, 2011-06-20
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.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2011-06-17
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.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2011-06-17
Watching the film is like spending two hours consuming fat, sugary doughnuts of self-pity.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2011-06-16
Many cherish this film. To me the cuteness feels pushy.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2011-06-09
This is a bright-looking movie with a long face that seems to have learned nothing about life from death but cliches.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 2011-06-09