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Me Without You


During a long, hot summer in seventies London, young neighbors Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For Marina, troubled, fiercely independent, determined to try everything, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, experimental drugs and fashionable self-destruction. But for Holly, a friendship that has never been equal gradually starts to feel like a trap.

Actors: Cameron Powrie , Anna Popplewell , Ella Jones , Deborah Findlay , Kyle MacLachlan , Oliver Milburn , Allan Corduner , Trudie Styler , Michelle Williams , Anna Friel
Directors: Sandra Goldbacher
Country: UK , GERMANY
Release: 2001-11-23
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  • David Edelstein

    Rich, finely judged, gorgeously acted movie.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Friendship matters to those of us who still claim membership in the human race, and Goldbacher's merciless autopsy on it is both illuminating and dispiriting.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Has a bracing truth that's refreshing after the phoniness of female-bonding pictures like "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    This film's intelligence and forthrightness about the things women sometimes do to one another -- and its resoluteness about where the line should be drawn in terms of selflessness between friends -- set it head and shoulders above most contemporary movies that deal with friendships between women. Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Michelle Williams turns in a performance that is seamless, canny and artistically mature.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A chick movie? Well, yes, but it's a whole lot cooler than that one with the "Ya-Ya's" in the title.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Carla Meyer

    A powerful new film from British writer-director Sandra Goldbacher.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    You won't want to miss it if you care about movies that dare to chart intimacies in our age of spectacle, or about up-and-coming female performers and underused male veterans finding roles worthy of their gifts.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Paula Nechak

    Love. Lust. Recrimination. Jealousy. Resolution. This British female friendship melodrama has them all.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Offers a clear-eyed chronicle of a female friendship that is more complex and honest than anything represented in a Hollywood film.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lou Carlozo

    The only the bum steer in Me Without You comes in the person of Daniel, played by Kyle MacLachlan of "Twin Peaks" fame. It's hard to tell whether MacLachlan was dealt a bum hand in an otherwise fine screenplay or acted on auto-pilot.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Under its drab contemporary trappings, the movie, is really a Jane Austen-like moral parable in which goodness is rewarded and selfishness punished.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The two appealingly played central characters and the film's enjoyable evocation of the 1970s and '80s keep it buoyant and diverting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Anchored by Friel and Williams's exceptional performances, the film's power lies in its complexity. Nothing is black and white, starting with the girls' complicated relationships with their parents, which are simultaneously nurturing and fraught with psychological peril.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    An engaging, straightforward narrative about two childhood playmates and the stages of their friendship from 1973 to 2001.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    More predictable than it ought to be - you can set your watch by the appearance of the mournful Nick Drake song on the soundtrack.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • KJ Doughton

    A sum greater than its parts. The viewer is taken on a journey spanning nearly three decades of bittersweet camaraderie and history, in which we feel that we truly know what makes Holly and Marina tick, and our hearts go out to them as both continue to negotiate their imperfect, love-hate relationship.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Aided by raw, committed performances from her two leads, Goldbacher makes them tough company for themselves and anyone else around them, on or off the screen.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    Essentially humorless, Me Without You manages some pleasing textures all the same.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This British drama is so overplotted it smothers the two main characters as much as they do each other.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

    Me Without You is at its truest and most affecting when it steps back from the gig gling, bitching and nail biting to reveal how the compulsion to control and appropriate can be born of simple love and admiration.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    A slight, smartly dressed bit of melodrama that thinks it's gritty when it's really a bit of puff.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Merle Bertrand

    Not enough to hold the audience's interest, especially with such shallow simpletons as these two women in the leads.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Tough, unsentimental British film.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Though it boasts excellent performances by Anna Friel and Michelle Williams as bosom buddies whose lives meander over three decades, it plods on with a wearying predictability and some truly terrible dialogue.

    New York Post Full Review
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