One Chance 2013

Critics score:
63 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Sara Stewart, New York Post: The film is, indeed, a bit pat. Sweet and funny - largely thanks to James Corden in the lead role - it's never particularly surprising. Read more

David Ehrlich, AV Club: It's a film that swears by the golden formula of crowd-pleasing sentimentality: Let viewers laugh at the struggles and share in the triumphs. Read more

Peter Keough, Boston Globe: David Frankel's film reduces an extraordinary life to a predictable template of bullying, resolve, success, disappointment, and platitudes - a pattern repeated two or three times until the genuinely moving finale. Read more

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter: An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do. Read more

Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times: A sweet, funny, heartfelt film, and while we may know all along how it all turns out, Paul's signature performance still gives us chills. Read more

Graham Fuller, New York Daily News: "Billy Elliot" fans will likely adore this tale of a sensitive lad misunderstood by his macho dad. Everyone else will find it tepid. Read more

Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times: Delivers a screen version of Mr. Potts's life with straightforward crowd-pleasing instincts and more than a dollop of schmaltz. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Feel-good stories feel good for a reason, and this one is practically operatic. Read more

Christy Lemire, The goose bumps are undeniable. You may as well just give in. Read more

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star: The ho-hum story is hardly what you'd call grand opera. Read more

Cath Clarke, Time Out: The problem with the film is that Paul Potts's life story has been put through the Hollywood meatgrinder. Read more

Chris Packham, Village Voice: The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template ... Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: There's never really terribly much at stake here, except the success of one chubby nerd with dreams of nailing Puccini's "Nessun dorma." But maybe that dream is enough. Read more