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Romance . Science Fiction . Drama . Sci-Fi

In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theordore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

Actors: Joaquin Phoenix , Scarlett Johansson , Rooney Mara , Amy Adams , Olivia Wilde , Chris Pratt , Portia Doubleday , Sam Jaeger , Katherine Boecher , Kelly Sarah , Lynn Adrianna , Lisa Renee Pitts , Gabe Gomez
Directors: Spike Jonze
Country: USA
Release: 2014-01-10
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  • Steven Rea

    Sad, funny, and quietly alarming romance.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Her may be the most technologically astute movie since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: a Space Odyssey.” And as the friendly ghost in the machine, Samantha is a more inviting companion for the great leap forward than HAL9000 could ever dream of being.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Her argues that sometimes, crazy can be wonderful.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Phoenix gives a performance as convincing as he did in “The Master,” and in exactly the opposite direction: gentle, meditative and cerebral, instead of angry, closed-minded and baffled.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    So many things could go terribly wrong with Spike Jonze's Her, and it's a small cinematic miracle that nothing does.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Her is an outstanding movie, in part because of its originality, but also because of its execution.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It is a love story. Also a profoundly metaphysical meditation on what it means to be human. Also one of the more touchingly relevant movies to the ways we actually live and may soon live. Oh, and the year’s best film, or at least the one that may stick with you until its story line comes true.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A delicate, droll masterwork, writer-director Spike Jonze's Her sticks its neck out, all the way out, asserting that what the world needs now and evermore is love, sweet love. Preferably between humans, but you can't have everything all the time.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    What’s surprising is that Jonze has taken what could easily have been a glib screwball comedy and infused it instead with wry, observant tenderness and deep feeling.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Jonze approaches perfection in the department of deadpan humor. In other hands, his premise could have been a clever gimmick and little more. But he draws us into Theodore's world, then develops it brilliantly, by playing everything scrupulously straight.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The wistfulness in this movie is large-souled. Theodore may worry that his love for Samantha makes him a freak, but Amy knows that “anybody who loves is a freak.” All this may sound touchy-feely in the worst way, but Jonze is trying to get at how we seek romantic connection in this brave (or not so brave) new world. Like Theodore, he risks looking foolish.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Will you relate more to the bitter, or embrace the sweet? The choice itself is Jonze’s ultimate gift to us: an invitation to leave his film ready to communicate, debate and, most crucially of all, connect.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Four films into a sterling career, the director’s made his most beguiling, profoundly human work yet.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    At once a brilliant conceptual gag and a deeply sincere romance, Her is the unlikely yet completely plausible love story about a man, who sometimes resembles a machine, and an operating system, who very much suggests a living woman.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Her is a 21st-century love story that perfectly captures the mood of the times and finds new inroads into the exhilaration and heartbreak that have existed since the first “I love you.”

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Jonze creates the splendid anachronism of a movie romance that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious.

    Time Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    What begins like an arrested adolescent dream soon blossoms into Jonze’s richest and most emotionally mature work to date, burrowing deep into the give and take of relationships, the dawning of middle-aged ennui, and that eternal dilemma shared by both man and machine: the struggle to know one’s own true self.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    A screwball surrealist comedy that asks us to laugh at an unconventional romance while also disarming us with the realization that its fantasy scenario isn't too far from our present reality.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Certainly his most deeply felt achievement, Her is both distinctly Jonze-like and something altogether different, as if the filmmaker has gone through a software update not unlike his artificial character.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    It’s an incredibly melancholy, intimate and yet often hilarious look at relationships and connection that provides a surprisingly great deal of insight into the human condition. It’s both sweet and considered, as well as observant about our fears, masks and growing alienation.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It’s a wistful portrait of our current love affair with technology in all its promise and disappointment, a post-human "Annie Hall."

    Slate Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is a handcrafted, passionate and sometimes impossibly beautiful film that argues for both the past and the future, with a poetic spirit that’s extremely rare in American cinema. Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Sad, kooky, and daunting in equal measure, Her is the right film at the right time.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    In Her, Jonze transforms his music-video aesthetic into something magically personal. The montages — silent, flickering inserts of Theodore and his ex-wife recollected in tranquility — are sublime.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This is a probing, inquisitive work of a very high order, although it goes a bit slack in the final third and concludes rather conventionally compared to much that has come before.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    If in previous films "Adaptation" and "Being John Malkovich" Jonze seemed a little squirmy about sex, his treatment here is fully adult and keenly sensitive to the complexities of sexual intimacy – how it relates to emotional intimacy, whether or not a flesh-and-blood body is required to achieve it.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's audacious but also genuine. It's emotionally true and demands much from its audience not in terms of suspension of disbelief but of empathy with the main character.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Her works as a real romance, and as a commentary on the ways technology connects everyone to the world but also isolates us from legitimate, warm human contact.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Though set in the future, Her is a timely, soulful and plausible love story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Jonze is a visionary whose lyrical, soulful meditation on relationships of the future cuts to the heart of the way we live now.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Phoenix, for long scenes, is onscreen by himself, lost in his thoughts and those of the operating system moulded to fit his psyche. With his wounded awkwardness and boyish giggles, he seems authentically vulnerable, but the character’s emotionally arrested development also begins to weigh the film down.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Her remains one of the most engaging and genuinely provocative movies you're likely to see this year, and definitely a challenging but not inapt date movie. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have logged on at all?

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    As the relationship between Theodore and Samantha evolves, it hews too closely to the expected arc of a romantic drama. In a desire to show how such a pairing could produce the same joys, sorrows, jealousies and insecurities as a human-to-human one, the movie edges close to parody, which it doesn't want to be.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Her is a keeper of a film, quietly dazzling.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    Jonze has made a sweet, smart, silly, serious film for our times, only set in the future.

    Empire Full Review
  • Emma Dibdin

    For all its techno-focus, a very human love story about our need for connection. Strange, witty, honest and curiously comforting.

    Total Film Full Review
  • David Fear

    It’s a tale of lonely souls and literalized online dating, and you assume filmmaker Spike Jonze will characteristically mix high-concept absurdism with heartfelt notions. Unexpectedly, the latter dominates, thanks in no small part to Phoenix’s nuanced, open-book performance.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    If Her is ultimately better at considering the future than it is at taking us there, it resonates as an insightful reminder that love isn’t obsolete quite yet. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Jonze's satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it's also a bit icy emotionally.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Jonze seems to be heading for a far quirkier ending than the one he actually delivers, but he does tap into the zeitgeist with his unlikely romantic fable.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    I wished I liked it more. It is engagingly self-aware and excruciatingly self-conscious, wearing its hipness on its sleeve; it's ingenious and yet remarkably contrived. The film seems very new, but the sentimental ending is as old as the hills. There are some great moments.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Even a flawed Spike Jonze film is a thing of beauty in its own way, and even the uneven but admirable Her is a journey well worth taking.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The story is too slender for its two-hour running time, and the pace is lugubrious, as though everyone in front and behind the camera were depressed. But the biggest obstacle is the protagonist (Joaquin Phoenix), who is almost without definition.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Instead of just being desperately heartfelt, Her keeps reminding us — through cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema's somber-droll camera work, through Phoenix's artfully slumped shoulders — how desperately heartfelt it is.

    Village Voice Full Review
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