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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Drama is as much about perspective as it is about events, and the angle provided by How I Live Now turns out to be self-defeating. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The production feels tentative and underpopulated: I thought not only of Katniss Everdeen but of the marvelous pandemonium in Danny Boyle's zombie epic "28 Days Later." show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    How I Live Now takes some frightening, gruesome turns. In tone and terror, it comes close to matching the jumpy dread of Danny Boyle's British Isles virus thriller "28 Days Later." show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A frosty-eyed, imperturbable actress in “Atonement,” “Hanna” and “The Host,” Ronan is at least able to sell Daisy’s new focus while the movie loses its own. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    What starts as potentially interesting apocalyptic speculative fiction devolves into dreary sub-Hunger Games survivalism and banal teen romance. show more

  • 50
    Jordan Hoffman

    For every poignant moment there’s a gaudy dream sequence, wretched internal monologue, ham-fisted zoom or an exchange of dialogue sorely lacking nuance. show more

  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Because it serves up Armageddon with a side order of teen romance, How I Live Now is not always credible. But as a portrait of a surly 16-year-old whose internal crisis is overtaken by an external one, the movie is persuasive. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Set in England, the dystopic “Brazil” and “28 Days Later” both ended with pastoral idylls for adult couples. How I Live Now offers adolescents a lovely vision of holistic healing in the same countryside. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    In a movie without adults, the children are spontaneous and natural. And Ms. Ronan is captivating throughout. show more

  • 75

    It's strong stuff, and the actors are fully up to it. show more

  • February 21, 2014 jr00000000181534
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    Not a bad movie at all. Compelling story line and characters kept my attention.

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