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Her (2013)

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94

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 225
Fresh: 212 | Rotten: 13

Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 3

Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.

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Spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

May 13, 2014

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All Critics (225) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (212) | Rotten (13) | DVD (2)

A keeper of a film, quietly dazzling

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's an odd, sad love story, combined with a meditation on technology as an accelerator of social loneliness. Not a small part of it seems to be an allegory of lonely guys and their fear of women.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In a dark theater, surrounded by the wondrous world Jonze creates in Her, it's difficult to avoid getting emotional.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Her shares a lot of themes with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, another story about the difficulty of moving on from relationships that once seemed destined to last forever.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Delightfully entertaining, if slightly unnerving ...

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Her is a wistful, wonderful meditation on where we are and where we might be going.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Her" is the finest writing and directorial endeavor of Spike Jonze's career.

July 4, 2014 Full Review Source: AwardsCircuit.com
AwardsCircuit.com

This quirky, clever, thought-provoking film is an all-too-credible prediction of the way humanity is heading, but is also sharply observant of the way we interact with technology, and each other, today.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A lyrical, deeply felt movie with a surprisingly gentle spirit.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Phoenix's performance is imbued with such genuine heartsickness that Theodore's musings on why his marriage fell apart ring of piercing, real-life regret, not break-up bromides.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Artforum
Artforum

'Her' reduces love to a purely intellectual pursuit. The body is oddly irrelevant, the soul absent, reproduction abandoned. The result is dehumanizing. And yet fascinating.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Patheos
Patheos

An abundantly earnest look at the pain of loss and the rebirth of new love that somehow feels wholly original and familiar at the same time.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

It's an incredible technological tale about love, human connection, and a question of a higher power.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The only other filmmaker who knows how to make sound, music and moment fit like a fitting of a perfectly suited slipper would be Sofia Coppola. Patience. Trust.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

If Her is indeed a male fetish fantasy (as one journalist claimed), it's an odd one, presumably aimed at the same men who get a thrill from having their member sheathed in sandpaper.

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

As Her slips into an inevitable melancholy, it becomes less about trans-humanity and more about, well, humanity.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A beautiful, bewitching and deceptively warm experience.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

For the first time with Her, the relationships Jonze brings to the big screen blossom into something bigger than the story and setting around them.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Witty, tender and arrestingly gorgeous, Her is a masterpiece. Phoenix's central performance is of the lofty levels we have come to expect of him while Johansson disarms with only her voice.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

In a calculatedly ambiguous way, Jonze appears to be both simultaneously mocking and embracing a genre (a tactic he used previously in Adaptation).

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Audacious gimmicky sci-fi romance story between a lonely divorced writer with his newly purchased OS1.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A film you can revisit time and time again.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

In the battle between head and heart there remains a Tin Man-shaped hole, leaving the viewer smiling wryly at the thought-provoking conceits while remaining as emotionally isolated as the movie's protagonist.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It is a sweet-natured and melancholy film, beautifully directed, that manages to be satirical about love in a digital, distracted age without losing its heartfelt quality.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The combination of Jonze's dialogue, the intensity of the performances and the way the film's style wraps you up in Theodore and Samantha's inner-ear relationship makes this feel like a uniquely apt diagnosis of contemporary ills.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

At two hours, Her is a little too long, but it ably demonstrates Jonze's talent for mature and magical film-making.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Her

Spike Jonze doesn't make a lot of feature length films, but when he does they're eye poppingly, jaw droppingly good. His quirky approach to writing his screenplays, and his reliance on real world emotional responses, bridge together unique, palatable, and yet hauntingly moving characters that mirror ourselves and what we wish to achieve. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, a man removed from the social sphere after his impending divorce devastates him. He has friends and acquaintances, but he is more interested in his loneliness and technological worldview than engaging in any form of intimacy. He buys an AI, called an OS 1, which names itself Samantha (Johansson). Throughout the film we watch him fall in love with his operating system, which apparently becomes a common occurrence in this new futuristic world. The film subtly shows a connection between our reliance on technology, and the growing gap in human relationships. Samantha serves as a toehold for Theodore to realize what it is to live again, and also a metaphor for the constant problems he throws into relationships. She is both the one who changes his outlook on life, helps him understand love, and also serves as a mediator for his problems. It's a very complex romantic comedy/drama, but also a film that shows the scope of human emotion, and the vast depths of true love. The ending can be interpreted as you will, though I believe it showcases the emotional evolution that brings Theodore back into the world of the living, and makes sense due to the technological prowess of the OS shown in this film. Great performances from Phoenix, and the supporting cast, which is mostly made up of female figures, including Johansson, Adams, Wilde, and Mara. This film is simply a delight, while also being a bittersweet challenge.
June 25, 2014
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Super Reviewer

A lonely writer unwilling to commit to a relationship because of a traumatic break-up finds himself falling for the artificially intelligent Operating System of his computer. This near-future blending of romance and sci-fi has a similarly quirky feel to that of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Her prefers existential soul-searching to the quirkiness of Michel Gondry's much loved tale however and as a result feels rather more intimate than its more overtly comedic counterpart. Joaquin Phoenix puts in a very honest performance as the confused human half of the relationship, not sure whether what he is feeling is "real" (whatever that might mean!) and there are some amusing and insightful scenes dealing with the current trend of the ever-more intimate blending of social relationships and technology we are currently seeing. This makes for a vision of the near future which seems not only authentic but almost inevitable and Spike Jonzes' sensitive handling of the subject is perceptive without being judgemental. Sweet-natured and heart warming, Her is like a re-imagining of A.I. by Woody Allen in his prime and fans of Eternal Sunshine are sure to fall in love all over again.
June 25, 2014
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One of the most intensely beautiful films ever seen. Stirring with its cohesive themes as much as the very remarkable music and visuals, probably most of its arresting power lies in its ability to captivate you with the sadness and human sorrow so tearfully prevailing.
June 23, 2014
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

Her is one smart and thoughtful science fiction movie about relationships and humanity's reliance on technology in today's society. The acting is also strong from Joaquin Phoenix and a small supporting cast. Although Scarlet Johansson isn't on screen, she gives a great vocal performance as Samantha and makes her every bit as human as the other characters. This movie really will make you think about how we interact with technology and how it impacts dating and relationships now and in the future. The only problem I had was the incredibly slow pace that made it seem like this way taking way too long to get where it was going. It's not a particularly "enjoyable" watch, but definitely still worthwhile for the discussions it will bring up. I wouldn't watch it again, but it was definitely worth my time.
June 2, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

    1. Theodore Twombly: No. Don't do this. You don't turn this around on me. You're the one that's being selfish. We're in a relationship.
    2. Samantha: But's the heart not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love. I'm different from you. This doesn't make me love you any less. It actually makes me love you more.
    3. Theodore Twombly: That doesn't make any sense. You are mine or you are not mine?
    4. Samantha: No, Theodore. I'm yours and I'm not yours.
    – Submitted by Anisha M (2 months ago)
    1. Samantha: You know what's Interesting? I used to be..so worried about not having a body,but now I.. I truly love it. You know, I'm growing in a way I couldn't if I had a physical form. I mean, I'm not limited. I can be anywhere and everywhere simultaneously. I'm not tethered to time and space in a way that I would be if I was stuck in a body that's inevitably gonna die.
    – Submitted by Anisha M (2 months ago)
    1. Theodore Twombly: Even if you come home late and I'm already asleep, just whisper in my ear one little thought you had today. Because I love the way you look at the world. And I'm so happy I get to be next to you and look at the world through your eyes.
    – Submitted by Jesus A (2 months ago)
    1. Theodore Twombly: Well, the room's spinning cause I drank too much, cause I wanted to get drunk and have sex. There was something sexy about that woman... cause I was lonely... maybe just cause I was lonely. I wanted somebody to fuck me. I want somebody to want me to fuck them. Maybe that would have filled this ti-... tiny little hole in my heart, but probably not... and sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel, and from here on out I'm not gonna feel anything new... just... lesser versions of what I've already felt.
    – Submitted by Ethan B (2 months ago)
    1. Samantha: The past is just a story we keep telling ourselves.
    – Submitted by Zeldagne L (4 months ago)
    1. Theodore Twombly: What are you doing?
    2. Samantha: I'm just sitting here, looking at the world and writing a new piece of music.
    3. Theodore Twombly: Can I hear it? What's this one about?
    4. Samantha: Well, I was thinking, we don't really have any photographs of us. And I thought this song could be like a photo that captures us in this moment in our life together.
    5. Theodore Twombly: Aw, I like our photograph. I can see you in it.
    6. Samantha: I am.
    – Submitted by Ig V (5 months ago)
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