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2011 3.0/5 IMDb 7.2/10 (73k) R SuperHD 104 minutes

This absorbing drama follows a graphic artist as he comes to grips with the imminent death of his father, who, at 75, has one last secret: He's gay.

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Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos, China Shavers, Melissa Tang, Amanda Payton Directed by Mike Mills

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Language: English

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Awards
  • Winner, Baftas - Best Supporting Actor 2012 Christopher Plummer
  • Winner, Golden Globe Awards - Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture 2012 Christopher Plummer
  • Winner, Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor 2012 Christopher Plummer
  • Nominee, Independent Spirit Awards - Best Feature nominee 2012
  • Nominee, Independent Spirit Awards - Best Director nominee 2012 Mike Mills
  • Winner, Independent Spirit Awards - Best Supporting Male 2012 Christopher Plummer
NYT Review: Remembering When Dad Came Out

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor star in “Beginners,” a wistful memory piece about a straight son and his dying gay father. — Manohla Dargis Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
 

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