James Jay Edwards of FilmFracture writes: "Beginners is an odd little love story. Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars prequels) is Oliver, a sad young graphic artist who has just had two big bombs dropped on him. The first big shock is that his father Hal (played by the legendary Christopher Plummer) has announced that he is gay, and has been for his entire life. The second is that Hal also has terminal cancer. Oliver struggles to come to terms with his father's impending death and newly reborn homosexuality while dealing with the fact that Hal's marriage to Oliver's dead mother was a sham. That much alone would be enough for anyone to have trouble digesting. Poor Oliver's life gets even more complicated when he finally meets Anna (Inglourious Basterds' Melanie Laurent), who, after several failed relationships, he believes may be the girl of his dreams. Beginners is Oliver's story of relating to his father, during his life and after his death while trying to relate to Anna at the same time. "