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One Chance

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United Kingdom, United States · 2013
Rated PG-13 · 1h 43m
Director David Frankel
Starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music

This heartwarming biopic tells the true story of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts. The film follows Potts, a shy car phone salesman, and the ups and downs he endures as he works towards his dreams of becoming a famous opera singer.

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Empire by

A fluffy but fun telling of a rags to riches story.


Los Angeles Times by Annlee Ellingson

Director David Frankel has crafted 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.


Time Out London by Cath Clarke

The problem with the film is that Potts’s life story has been put through the Hollywood meatgrinder. Awkward details have been changed or erased – they’ve made Potts Welsh (he grew up in Bristol) and eliminated his siblings.


Village Voice by Chris Packham

The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template, populating the world with near-mythological threshold guardians who exist to assure the hero that he isn't good enough.


The Dissolve by Mike D'Angelo

The film fictionalizes his life story so aggressively that it’s no less (or more) entertaining than the average rom-com.


Total Film by Neil Smith

Potts does the singing himself, but that doesn’t stop Justin Zackham’s (The Big Wedding) contrived script from sounding bum notes throughout.


Variety by Scott Foundas

What keeps One Chance plugging along almost in spite of itself are the warmly engaging performances of Corden and Alexandra Roach.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

For all the solid efforts of the cast, it’s still one of those biopics with a totally canned story arc and as many head-slapping moments as intentional laughs.

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