If only the story had been shaped with discipline, subtlety and restraint.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's hard to believe that a relationship like Holly and Marina's could survive the hothouse emotions of teendom, and its longevity gets more inexplicable as the characterizations turn more crassly reductive.
The kind of chick flick that gives chick flicks a bad name.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Flat, but with a revelatory performance by Michelle Williams.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's too long, too repetitive, and takes way too many years to resolve to be a total winner.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The characters, cast in impossibly contrived situations, are totally estranged from reality.
The story and the friendship proceeds in such a way that you're watching a soap opera rather than a chronicle of the ups and downs that accompany lifelong friendships.
'Me Without You is one-sided...[but] the film has a wonderful knack for capturing each decade's zeitgeist...'
The superficial story never seems to have more on its mind that the costumes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ponderous, plodding soap opera disguised as a feature film.
The screenplay fails to generate any real sympathy for Holly or Marina once they have passed adolescence.
A toxic friendship is examined over the course of two decades and then, contrary to all on-screen evidence, is endorsed.
There are several problems with the development of the narrative. Most important is the unequal allocation of audience sympathy between Marina and Holly.
Something like a pint-sized, pitiable British version of 'Beaches'...an arch and obvious bit of soap opera twaddle.
| Original Score: C-
As watchable as the film is throughout its first half, the plotting becomes more and more like a soap opera, and neither character is all that interesting.
Goldbacher draws on an elegant visual sense and a talent for easy, seductive pacing ... but she and writing partner Laurence Coriat don't manage an equally assured narrative coinage.
Although the film deserves some points for trying to describe the intensity of best-friendship between girls, it fails to make them interesting people.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's difficult to see why they even like each other.
| Original Score: C+