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  • McGregor goes bone-deep in a performance of shining subtlety. And a never-better Plummer is simply stupendous, refusing any call to sentiment as he shows us Hal's resonant lunge at life. Mills works the same way. Beginners is one from the bruised heart. show more

  • As for Plummer, I don't know how he does it, but he somehow radiates gayness. It's nothing overt, just some internal shift, but if you saw only 10 seconds of Plummer in this film, you would know he was playing a gay man. You just might not know how you know it. show more

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

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  • December 27, 2011 joyceand
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    Disappointing. Talented actors Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer give good performances. But their work is wasted in this odd and plodding melodrama that tries to appear deep and significant.

  • August 06, 2011 fscott7268
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    This movie was so boring ************** the energy right out of me. Slow, lifeless, pointless, predictable.

  • August 02, 2011 tjsingle61
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    Interesting film -- bittersweet. Oliver is so very sad! He had a mother with a great sense of humor, but he obviously was affected by the lack of affection/friendship between his parents, and didn\'t realize what the cause was until his father came out. Thought the film got a little tedious at times, but Arthur, the Jack Russell terrier, was a charmer!

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