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Never Let Me Go

Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Romance . Drama

As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for the haunting reality awaiting them.

Actors: Ella Purnell , Charlie Rowe , Izzy Meikle-Small , Sally Hawkins , Charlotte Rampling , Andrea Riseborough , Domhnall Gleeson , Keira Knightley , Andrew Garfield , Carey Mulligan
Directors: Mark Romanek
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2010-10-15
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  • Roger Ebert

    This is a good movie, from a masterful novel.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Poignant, troubling and altogether splendid new film.

    Time Full Review
  • Pam Grady

    The drama boasts a stellar cast, exquisite performances and a tense atmosphere. It is a film that the author's fans and lovers of mature, measured storytelling will embrace.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Never Let Me Go is that rare find, a fragile little four-leaf clover of a movie that's emotionally devastating, yet all too easily trampled by cynics.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steven Rea

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

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

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

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Anyone who saw the Oscar-nominated Mulligan in "An Education" knows what she can do. If you didn't, you're in for the kind of quietly revelatory acting that portends a brilliant career.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    May be too sterile and stylized to elicit real tears, but it's got brains and heart to spare.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Best approached with little to no advance information or expectations, which is the same way the film's characters experience their lives.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    A beautifully realised adaptation of a profoundly affecting novel. Intelligent sci-fi provides the backdrop, while in the foreground is a trio of truly impressive performances from Mulligan, Knightley and Garfield.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

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

    NPR Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Director Mark Romanek captures the slightly seedy and rundown reality of '70s and '80s British life in astonishing and even tragic detail; this is more like a period piece than a science-fiction movie. Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    The surface blandness does not efface, and might even amplify, its disturbing qualities. Never Let Me Go is not a movie about death but, more painfully, about the consciousness of death.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This is a moving and provocative film that initially unsettles, then disturbs and finally haunts you well into the night.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The film is a success. It works. Greatness eludes it, yes. But greatness eludes almost every film adaptation of a major novel, which we must remember when confronted by a good one.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The film is sad in a beautiful, peaceful manner, and its exploration of mortality is different from most others, since the three central protagonists are all barely in their 30s.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    What we see is admirable, but what we feel is minimal.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Never Let Me Go isn't the kind of movie you talk about on the drive home -- it's even better. It's the kind that makes you sit quietly and think, rolling it around in your head and considering the angles.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Strangely moving and mournful, but I wish more had been made of the beauty these people are relinquishing, if only as a counterweight to all that artful drear.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The subdued characters I can abide, intellectually speaking, but subdued filmmaking with material this fundamentally gut-punching is a lot less easy to swallow.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The world depicted in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go is among the more beautiful dystopias in film history.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

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

    Movieline Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Epitomizes the kind of somber, aesthetically refined and morally engaged film that commands deep respect without inspiring much affection.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Amazingly, Never Let Me Go could have been assembled from the Merchant-Ivory kit. It's stale with suppressed anguish.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It is an accepted truth that adapting a sublime novel does not always result in a sublime movie. To an extent, this is the problem with Never Let Me Go.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • It's a very tony fantasy of class oppression and fascist medical exploitation (themes that may speak louder in England), but it's a lyrically inert movie.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Science fiction movies don't come much more ponderous than the beautifully filmed Never Let Me Go, which reduces the debate over genetic engineering to a mild, moist romantic soap opera.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Imagine a stuffy Merchant Ivory production blended with muted Michael Crichton sci-fi and you have Never Let Me Go, at least as it plays on screen.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Alas, what's missing is the spark of life, the jolt of the unexpected - something beyond tears - to puncture the falseness of a film world, which, by its insistence on its own beauty, obscures the tragedy that the three characters, by their nature, cannot express.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    You don't have to get too far into Kazuo Ishiguro's brilliant 2005 novel Never Let Me Go to realize it's hopelessly unfilmable.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The stylistic conceit of keeping us entirely with the clones (so that we are as ill-informed as they are and never get to meet their powerful oppressors) only reveals what an empty-headed abstraction this tale was from both page and frame one

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Denby

    Never Let Me Go is in such good taste that we never feel any horror over the idea at the center of it.

    The New Yorker Full Review
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