• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sandra Goldbacher
    In Theaters:
    Mar 8, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 17, 2003
  • Independent Distribution Partn

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Me Without You Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

If only the story had been shaped with discipline, subtlety and restraint.

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July 5, 2002
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 14, 2003
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 2, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The kind of chick flick that gives chick flicks a bad name.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

July 5, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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Flat, but with a revelatory performance by Michelle Williams.

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

July 9, 2002

It's too long, too repetitive, and takes way too many years to resolve to be a total winner.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 11, 2002
Nigam Nuggehalli
culturevulture.net

The characters, cast in impossibly contrived situations, are totally estranged from reality.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

August 9, 2002
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

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.

Full Review Source: Des Moines Register | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 8, 2002
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

'Me Without You is one-sided...[but] the film has a wonderful knack for capturing each decade's zeitgeist...'

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 17, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The superficial story never seems to have more on its mind that the costumes.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 12, 2002
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

Ponderous, plodding soap opera disguised as a feature film.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 11, 2002
Jean Oppenheimer
New Times

The screenplay fails to generate any real sympathy for Holly or Marina once they have passed adolescence.

July 11, 2002
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

A toxic friendship is examined over the course of two decades and then, contrary to all on-screen evidence, is endorsed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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There are several problems with the development of the narrative. Most important is the unequal allocation of audience sympathy between Marina and Holly.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 25, 2002
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Something like a pint-sized, pitiable British version of 'Beaches'...an arch and obvious bit of soap opera twaddle.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

August 18, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 23, 2002
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 23, 2002
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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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

September 20, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2002

E! Online

It's difficult to see why they even like each other.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

July 12, 2002
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 8, 2002
KJ Doughton
Nitrate Online
September 9, 2002
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 2, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Guardian
January 8, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 23, 2002

Boston Phoenix
August 24, 2002

Houston Chronicle
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November 16, 2002
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