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Sing Street (2016)

Country: Ireland, UK, USA

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music

Taglines: Boy meets girl, girl unimpressed, boy starts band

Director: John Carney

Writers: John Carney

Stars: Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Lucy Boynton, ...

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. On the other hand, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother, while dealing with the hostile environment of his new public school... But then one day, he saw her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes, an enigmatically beautiful girl was standing in front of the gate of his school, indolently observing people passing by. Who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? Easy... he would form a band! With every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In a sea of opportunities ahead of them, what does the future hold for a love like this?

83 | 2016-01-31 | Noel Murray

What makes Sing Street such a joyously entertaining film (besides the songs) is that it thinks the best of its characters, and it presents them the way they’d like to think of themselves.
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80 | 2016-01-31 | Jordan Hoffman

Did you like The Commitments? Did you like We Are the Best!!? Well, Sing Street isn’t as good as either of those two, but it’s still pretty terrific.
Read More: The Guardian

80 | 2016-01-31 | Bilge Ebiri

Sing Street is far more boisterous and certainly funnier than Once, but it remains in a minor key; “finding happiness in sadness,” is how one character puts it.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

80 | 2016-01-31 | Joshua Rothkopf

Like an updated The Commitments in rouge (liberally applied), Sing Street nails the details.
Read More: Time Out New York

80 | 2016-01-31 | Guy Lodge

The truest and most tearduct-tugging relationship here is that between Conor and his lank-haired college-dropout brother, played with spaced-out warmth and wistful good humor by the ever-likeable Reynor.
Read More: Variety

75 | 2016-01-31 | Jordan Raup

While Sing Street is often infectious its its scraggly energy, one wishes Conor’s other band members were slightly more fleshed-out, which would make their already-absorbing performances sing even more.
Read More: The Film Stage

70 | 2016-01-31 | David Rooney

The young nonprofessional actors are a fresh, natural bunch, even if the bandmembers might have benefited from more individual character development.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

70 | 2016-01-31 | Fionnuala Halligan

John Carney’s 1980s-set Sing Street is like a barnstorming tribute group. It’s crowd-pleasing, heart-warming, hits all the right notes, and is eager to please.
Read More: Screen International

50 | 2016-04-11 | Kenji Fujishima

All traces of grit from John Carney's earlier films have been scrubbed away in favor of relentlessly crowd-pleasing slickness.
Read More: Slant Magazine