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Like Crazy (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 106 | Rotten: 40

It has the schmaltzy trappings of my romantic films, but Like Crazy allows its characters to express themselves beyond dialogue, crafting a true, intimate study.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 10

It has the schmaltzy trappings of my romantic films, but Like Crazy allows its characters to express themselves beyond dialogue, crafting a true, intimate study.

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A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heartbreaking for an audience to experience. Director Drake Doremus' film Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is devastating. When a British college student (Felicity Jones) falls for her American classmate (Anton Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa. Like Crazy

PG-13,

Drama, Romance

Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones

Mar 6, 2012

$3.4M

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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (40) | DVD (4)

The couple's story is related through small, true-to-life details that paint an unidealized portrait of love - the euphoria, the sadness, and everything in between.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (3)
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It's imperative for director and co-writer Drake Doremus to color the film with a great deal of blossoming-love sparkle right off the bat, and he does just that.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Doremus delivers a tightly focused film that's all the more impressive for being improvised.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's not exactly Casablanca, but times have changed.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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While the film is often quite moving, it's also at times frustrating; people in love, we realize, aren't always as fascinating to the rest of us as they are to each other.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comment (1)
Seattle Times
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What could have come off as stilted and artificial is instead genuine and natural.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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...an uneven endeavor from a promising new filmmaker...

November 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I'll admit that my heart broke a little by film's end, as the camera rested on Yelchin and Jones's faraway looks and Stars' sublime "Dead Hearts" flooded the soundtrack.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A well-made film with two strong leads that never fully appreciates the romance at its core.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It's like watching ninety minutes of awkward small talk, But Like Crazy is a beautifully observed and often poignant look at young love.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Felicity Jones will break your heart at least once

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

"Are you a romantic or a realist? Like Crazy is the rare romantic drama made for both."

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The performances from Yelchin and Jones are admirable, but they just don't have much to work with as their characters are underwritten and underdeveloped.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Like Crazy manages to capture the elusive whimsy of first love, only to beat it to death with a tedious on again/off again love story and two main characters obstinately selfish and mundane.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This likeable low budget American indi is kept fresh by Yelchin and Jones who are endearing as the star-crossed lovers.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

It's more like a series of sentimental greeting cards suitable at differing stages of a relationship, from sparkling first love to broken relationship to marriage and out of it ... The screenplay is rather formless and for the most part, tedious.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (3)
Urban Cinefile

It makes what could have been a sweet and involving tour de force into a rather heavy-handed drama

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Managing to keep melodrama at a distance, it's nonetheless impossible not to get swept up in the relationship.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

This film not only provides an effective love story. It goes well beyond that to examine the way believable characters deal with problems resulting from forced separation due to immigration policies.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

The film fails to explore each's new partners, and while leaving the focus on the central relationship isn't always a bad thing, when main duo fail to captivate in their own right, it feels a misstep not to have expanded the narrative.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Felicity Jones shines in Drake Doremus' deceptively simple romance, a refreshing take on an age-old dilemma.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It would be a good date movie for a couple on the point of breaking up.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The deeply-felt chemistry between Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin helps Like Crazy to capture the tragic ironies of young love in a diverting, mature, and ultimately heartbreaking manner.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

As so many others have done before, Drake Doremus captures the giddy excitement of courtship; what makes his film more unusual is that he then hangs around to observe the nitty-gritty of making the ensuing relationship work.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A good movie which, if not exactly a masterpiece, at least involves us throughout.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Young love's tendresse has seldom seemed quite so irritating as it does in this largely improvised romance...

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comments (2)
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Like Crazy

I just don't see how anyone really enjoys watching two inconsiderate people hate each other for decades while calling it love. Recently there has been this trend of love stories about people doomed to repeat stupid decisions over and over again, never ending up with the person they are meant to be with. These films are oftentimes badly thought out and have super melodramatic stories that center on immature, useless individuals with little to no characteristics except their own selfishness and inability to commit. This story isn't as longwinded as "One Day" or as large as life as say "The English Patient" but it falls under this umbrella because of the length of their courtship and their eventual decline. Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin have zero to no chemistry in this, their characters are inane, their acting is over the top, and we jump through time with no explanation, at various points in the story, skewing what's happening on screen. The fact that Jennifer Lawrence shows up in a quick couple scenes is the only thing interesting about this, otherwise this is a clear snooze fest.
April 5, 2014
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

It drags at times, but ultimately the film avoids romance-movie clichés with its excellent acting and interesting plot. The pacing is mostly done well, and I enjoyed the cinematography and the film editing. It's not an entirely memorable film, but it charms despite its obvious flaws.
December 9, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Immigration issues and infidelity upset the love of two twenty-somethings.
In today's dating climate, things are far more fluid than in times past, and this film captures that fluidity. Whereas films like Love Story and The Way We Were occupy themselves with only the lives of two people and their elliptical orbits around each other, today we often add other people -- other moons -- that interfere with the primary relationship. This is as true in life as it is in this fine film.
Strong performances by Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones carry the film, and supporting roles, most notably by Jennifer Lawrence, complement the two leads nicely. There aren't any great, memorable scenes, but the film captures the feeling of this relationship well, and I found myself enjoying getting to know these characters.
The story and its central conflict are less compelling than the performances. Immigration issues are real-world problems, and I'm sure that those who experience them find great difficulty, but the don't compel as a central conflict for a film. Also, I found that the film dragged here and there, particularly when the leads were apart.
Overall, this is a strong film for this era, but it's not as transcendent as one might hope.
June 4, 2013
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Cute, heartfelt, emotional. Light enough for a date night, short enough to survive the onslaught of feelings.
February 27, 2013
jarobb3

Super Reviewer

    1. Anna: I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn't, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn't realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it's the halves that halve you in half. I didn't know, don't know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.
    – Submitted by Mary B (13 months ago)
    1. Anna: I love you.
    – Submitted by Rara S (2 years ago)
    1. Anna: [crying]
    2. Jacob: [crying] Ah, you're killing me.
    – Submitted by mera m (2 years ago)
    1. Anna: I hate six months.
    – Submitted by mera m (2 years ago)
    1. Anna: I don't feel very young.
    2. Liz: Well, you are.
    – Submitted by mera m (2 years ago)
    1. Jacob: So uhhh... What are you doing on Catalina? You look like a fisherman. Are you a fisherman? No? Do you fish? I love to fish.
    2. Anna: I'm just trying to read, Jacob.
    3. Jacob: Hmmm that's fine. It's a fine island, it's a fine island for reading. That's my yacht, 'The Ahi'. Yeah, I like tuna. I like tuna a lot. I like tuna enough to name my boat 'The Ahi'. I saved a cat from a tree once.
    4. Anna: I'm sorry.
    5. Jacob: It's okay. You have nothing to be sorry about.
    – Submitted by mera m (2 years ago)
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