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Like Crazy Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
November 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 11, 2011
Doremus delivers a tightly focused film that's all the more impressive for being improvised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 10, 2011
It's not exactly Casablanca, but times have changed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 10, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2011
What could have come off as stilted and artificial is instead genuine and natural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 4, 2011
Belying its title, Like Crazy is a film not about the ferocity of love, but about its fragility.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 4, 2011
Call it l'amour phooey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 4, 2011
A serious, deeply felt romance for an audience Hollywood most often bombards with raunchy sex comedies and video-game adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 4, 2011
Those seeking a fresh take on romance will find Like Crazy almost existentially tepid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 3, 2011
A romantic drama that makes other romantic films look obvious and calculated in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 3, 2011
Attention must be paid, even if you occasionally want to throw pots at the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 3, 2011
Although Like Crazy contains some emotionally on-target scenes, the movie as a whole feels glum and artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2011
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 3, 2011
The reason to see it co-stars with Anton Yelchin, around whom the project got going. Her name is Felicity Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2011
It's not a clunky rom-com; it's sweeter and more intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: A
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 28, 2011
We get that Anna and Jacob care for each other, but the foundation for their devotion often feels insubstantial if not imaginary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
October 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 27, 2011
The acting, which looks improvised, is faultless; their natural, fearless performances will surely make stars of Yelchin and Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 27, 2011
Largely a conventional, wan affair, despite its art-cinema flourishes, like scenes that start and end in medias res.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 27, 2011
Seriously, I liked this movie better last year, when it had Drew Barrymore in it and was called "Going the Distance."
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 27, 2011
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 27, 2011
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!"
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2011
Like Crazy tells the truth, simply: Love is thrilling. And -- just because of the way life happens -- sometimes love hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
October 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 26, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 26, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 26, 2011
Unlike most alleged Hollywood rom-coms, Like Crazy is delicate, uplifting and definitely worth investigating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 25, 2011
Lain on a bed of treacly piano music, this l'amour fou is l'amour tepid.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 25, 2011
Its empathy and artful way of conveying honest observation struck a chord with me...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 24, 2011
Like Crazy has a lively syntax and could, in an ungrateful mood, be tagged as slick. But Doremus gets the tempos right.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
August 9, 2011
Like Crazy drives complexity, and it does so stylishly and cleverly. Delightfully done by director Drake Doremus.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
Deeply felt first-love tale offers convincing performances and a fine-tuned storytelling sensibility.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
January 23, 2011
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.