How I Live Now (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

How I Live Now (2013)



Critic Consensus: Led by another strong performance from Saoirse Ronan and a screenplay that subverts YA clichés, How I Live Now blends young love with post-apocalyptic drama.

Movie Info

Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive. (c) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Brock, Penelope Skinner, Tony Grisoni
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2014
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Anna Chancellor
as Aunt Penn
Corey Johnson
as Consular Official
Jonathan Rugman
as News Reporter
Stella Gonet
as Mrs. McEvoy
Desmond McAleer
as Major McEvoy
Sophie Stanton
as Woman in Truck
Natasha Jonas
as Woman in Truck
Nav Sidhu
as Checkpoint Soldier
Amy Dawson
as Beaten Woman
Mark Stanley (VI)
as Chasing Man 1
Paul Ronan
as Chasing Man 2
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Critic Reviews for How I Live Now

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (29)

Refreshingly free of digital apocalyptics and unnervingly prone to random violence.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Based on the YA novel by Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now finds itself hindered by its source material, even as it seeks to surpass it.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Under the Radar

Saoirse Ronan supplies what the screenwriters do not

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Movie Habit

Lush and bewilderingly rich with portent and moment, Kevin Macdonald's gently wrought apocalyptic-pop teen romance takes place in a deadly near future in the English countryside far from the center of modern war.

Full Review… | April 5, 2014

How I Live Now is likely to appeal to both teens and older viewers, and it thankfully doesn't blindly follow formulas, but allows itself to drift and flow.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

On the outside, How I Live Now looks like a mess. Part Tomorrow When the War Began, part The Shining, part 28 Days Later, it's a hodgepodge of concepts that don't completely gel. So it's weird that the film is actually quite good.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Concrete Playground

Audience Reviews for How I Live Now


I didn't know what to think when I came into watching this film. I certainly wasn't expecting what I got. I like how they focused on the characters and really fleshed them out. It was a very real story but maybe it should have been more focused. It was both a coming of age romance story and a post-apocalyptic survival drama. It felt like it was trying to do too much. Either way, it was still enjoyable.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


"How I Live Now"? Apparently how Saoirse Ronan lives now is in a world where gradually toning down the hamminess of a performance passes as character development. The script really could use a little...umm...EVERYTHING. But for a low budget film, it actually does a lot with what it has.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Maybe far fetched. Maybe some unanswered questions...but I can't help feel it was planned that way, in order to just focus on the children's ordeal, journey, and life consequences. I was drawn in completely...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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