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Based on 37 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 13 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The melancholy attached to the impermanence of life and love suffuses this film, making it memorably haunting and hypnotic. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Never Let Me Go is gorgeous. And depressing. It's exquisitely acted. And depressing. It's romantic, profound and superbly crafted, shot with the self-contained radiance of a snow globe. And it's depressing. show more

  • 50
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Just as its characters need a reason to live, Go needs a reason for audiences to watch. Neither find much satisfaction. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For its delicate tone, provocative themes, impeccable craftsmanship and superb performances-by Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley-Never Let Me Go earned my great admiration. I wish I'd been affected in equal measure, but I wasn't, and it's not the sort of film you can will yourself to enjoy. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A beautifully mopey adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's much-praised novel. show more

  • 70
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A film more moving than most but not as devastating as it should be. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    Expertly acted, impeccably photographed, intelligently written, even intermittently touching, the film is also too parched and ponderous to connect with a large audience. show more

  • 65

    Knightley has the least screen time of the three, and her Ruth never registers as much more than a self-serving menace. show more

  • 80
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Despite its fanciful premise, Never Let Me Go looks and feels utterly real. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a good movie, from a masterful novel. show more

  • May 01, 2012 MarilynnSummers
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    The first time I watched it, it was very late at night, yet I could not stop. I was drawn into the characters. As the film proceeded, it was so emotionally compelling and I pondered as to the premise of the film. I felt sad that their purpose on this earth was to donate their vital organs and complete, I wondered why they Cathy and Tommy didn\'t just run away from this torment and begin their own lives, once they realized their life was a lie. The acting was superb, and music very sad as it intertwined with the story. I think this film is worth watching.Just to experience a really unusual film.

  • April 25, 2012 Primostoy
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    I felt the movie was very moving, a little slow for people who like alot of action though. Carey Mulligan was excellent, rent it, you won\'t regret it...

  • August 17, 2011 gulie222
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    I had to watch it twice - to fully realize the stunning meaning of this film. The characters are compelling and they etched themselve into my heart. Never Le Me Go is a haunting and memorable film that I will never forget.

  • April 10, 2011 lilhartly
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    This movie isn\'t good at all. yea i like the actors but it was kinda boring. i was falling asleep and the end was kinda bizarre. Why not make it even more depressing and have the girl die at the end too. WOW

  • February 26, 2011 jackd1207
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    I won't go so far as to say this move was inspired by (definitely not a remake of) "The Island", but a similar "clones for parts" theme. Really kind of lame. Rent it, don't buy it.

  • October 14, 2010 klarek
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    My girlfriend and I both would not recommend this movie. It was long, boring, and although the topic was very deep, I felt there was not much going on in this movie. The acting was so-so, and the plot was thin. Not one of my favorites, for sure!

  • October 14, 2010 msdmedley
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    The synopsis of this movie is just the ************* of three people within a very heavy story line. I would not call it depressing, Iit did, however overwhelm my emotions. (Isn't that what a good movie is suppose to do?) The acting was tremendous. The movie was well made. Carey Mulligan did a fantastic job. Keira Knightley as always, did an amazing job in a role somewhat different than what I am used to seeing her in. I found this movie extremely moving and memorable.

  • October 11, 2010 Cynthia
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    This movie is extremely depressing. While the cast and the acting are superb, the story is just dark and disturbing. If you want to see this film, do yourself a favor and wait for the DVD. This one is very difficult to sit through.

  • October 10, 2010 Phyllis Furst
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    Good acting but a disturbing story.

  • October 09, 2010 socaldave613
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    This movie is awful, bad acting, bad sound and bad story. It reminds me of waterworld, or The Mailman with Kevin Kostner at his worst.

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