• PG-13, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Drake Doremus
    In Theaters:
    Oct 28, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 6, 2012
  • Paramount Pictures


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Like Crazy Reviews

Eric D. Snider
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A-

November 19, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

November 11, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Doremus delivers a tightly focused film that's all the more impressive for being improvised.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 11, 2011
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It's not exactly Casablanca, but times have changed.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 10, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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What could have come off as stilted and artificial is instead genuine and natural.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 10, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The cast creates such a naturalistic sense of empathy -- a complicity, even -- with the viewers that we're swept up into their characters' lives.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2011
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Belying its title, Like Crazy is a film not about the ferocity of love, but about its fragility.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

November 4, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Call it l'amour phooey.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 4, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A serious, deeply felt romance for an audience Hollywood most often bombards with raunchy sex comedies and video-game adaptations.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Those seeking a fresh take on romance will find Like Crazy almost existentially tepid.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

November 4, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A romantic drama that makes other romantic films look obvious and calculated in comparison.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

November 3, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Attention must be paid, even if you occasionally want to throw pots at the screen.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 3, 2011
James Berardinelli
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Although Like Crazy contains some emotionally on-target scenes, the movie as a whole feels glum and artificial.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 3, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This indie drama starts off as a sexy little date movie, but once the lovers have been separated it grows steadily more complicated and mature.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 3, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The reason to see it co-stars with Anton Yelchin, around whom the project got going. Her name is Felicity Jones.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's not a clunky rom-com; it's sweeter and more intimate.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The emotional honesty of Like Crazy, which is comparable to Richard Linklater's great Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, is far removed from most of what passes in these goony movie days as youthful romance.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

October 29, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's just the small story of two young people trying hard to decide whether this is an infatuation worth growing past, or a real relationship worth growing into.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 28, 2011
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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We get that Anna and Jacob care for each other, but the foundation for their devotion often feels insubstantial if not imaginary.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 28, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Doremus has crafted an intelligent and evocative story driven by two expert leads. I liked it very much. I just wish I could say I was crazy about it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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There's not an extraneous scene, and even the smallest moments - such as when Jacob goes to a London pub with Anna and stands around awkwardly - are ripe with meaning.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2011
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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The acting, which looks improvised, is faultless; their natural, fearless performances will surely make stars of Yelchin and Jones.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Deserved winner of the grand jury prize at Sundance, this story is as simple as two people mad about each other and as complex as intense relationships inevitably get.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Drake Doremus has crafted a crazily inventive and totally irresistible tale of first love that makes the familiar seem bittersweet and heart-stoppingly new.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Largely a conventional, wan affair, despite its art-cinema flourishes, like scenes that start and end in medias res.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 27, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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Seriously, I liked this movie better last year, when it had Drew Barrymore in it and was called "Going the Distance."

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 27, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The music of Paul Simon's "Graceland" flows through "Like Crazy," and comments on it as well. This wise and beautiful little film is about two lovers falling from a state of grace.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 27, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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No other recent film has so deftly captured the act of falling in love or so artfully interwoven the more practical efforts of maintaining that connection.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 4/4

October 27, 2011
Alonso Duralde
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Every time the two of them threaten to have a conversation, Doremus takes a page from Team America: World Police and goes all "You Need a Montage!"

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 27, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Like Crazy tells the truth, simply: Love is thrilling. And -- just because of the way life happens -- sometimes love hurts.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

October 27, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Like Crazy has moments of genuine heartbreak, like a late-night phone call that leads Jones to tearfully joke that she'll wait up and Yelchin should just stop by her place, half a globe away.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

October 27, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It makes you squirm in your seat - not because the angst of the young love depicted on screen is so vivid and relatable, but because these two people are so incredibly annoying together, you'd much rather see them apart.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 26, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Screen romance has become a saccharine affair; Like Crazy proves it's still possible to make a love story that's both genuinely sweet and bittersweet.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Unlike most alleged Hollywood rom-coms, Like Crazy is delicate, uplifting and definitely worth investigating.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Lain on a bed of treacly piano music, this l'amour fou is l'amour tepid.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 25, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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Its empathy and artful way of conveying honest observation struck a chord with me...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

October 25, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Like Crazy has a lively syntax and could, in an ungrateful mood, be tagged as slick. But Doremus gets the tempos right.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 24, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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His characters may shy at uncertainty and ambiguity. Doremus does not. He keeps his camera trained on that smudgy line between loyalty and love.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2011
Laremy Legel
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Like Crazy drives complexity, and it does so stylishly and cleverly. Delightfully done by director Drake Doremus.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A+

August 9, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Deeply felt first-love tale offers convincing performances and a fine-tuned storytelling sensibility.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 25, 2011
Andrew Barker
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Like Crazy is an exquisite, beautifully acted gem of a film, one that should serve as a prelude to bigger things for stars Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, as well as director Drake Doremus.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2011
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