Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer

"Folks will either embrace the 'real' in Mike Mills' biographical Beginners or recoil from the reek of indie twee. Though drawn from the director's life-altering personal experiences, this amiable dramedy seems oddly lightweight and remote. A strung-together series of vignettes, montages and threadbare French New Wave tropes, the movie could have been storyboarded by Oliver (Ewan McGregor), Mills' cartoonist alter ego, who inks a Jules Feiffer–esque comic strip titled 'The History of Sadness.'"

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