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Never Let Me Go (2010)



Critic Consensus: With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers.

Movie Info

"Never Let Me Go" is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of the same name. Kathy, Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but they are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.more
Rating: R (for some sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kazuo Ishiguro, Alex Garland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2010
Box Office: $2.4M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Sally Hawkins
as Miss Lucy
Charlie Rowe
as Young Tommy
Ella Purnell
as Young Ruth
Kate Bowes Renna
as Miss Geraldine
David Sterne
as Keffers
Huggy Leaver
as Delivery Man 1
Charles Cork
as Delivery Man 2
Sylvie MacDonald
as Bumper Crop Girl
Kate Sissons
as Sitcom Girl
Amy Lennox
as Sitcom Girl
John Gillespie
as Male Office Worker
Rachel Boss
as Female Office Worker
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News & Interviews for Never Let Me Go

Critic Reviews for Never Let Me Go

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (35)

Emotionally stunted at times, Never Let Me Go gets lost in its own melancholy and fails to live up to its potential.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

a beautifully acted and heartbreaking story of young love, but it opens up more thoughts that just from that angle of storytelling

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
7M Pictures

Melancholy, poignant and chilling

Full Review… | January 27, 2013
Movie Nation

I came to this film knowing nothing about it, except that it was based on the highly-acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguru. I had no foreknowledge of its story or premise-and I'm glad...

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Melancholy and futility define this subtle future-set drama about three children who grow up knowing that they'll never own themselves or their own bodies.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

Although [the] film adaptation does indeed fall short of the brilliance of the source material (and will likely distance viewers even more than the book ever did), it manages to convey the novel's most important themes, and most affecting moments.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Never Let Me Go


Excellent acting takes you on a journey into a world that could easily be . . dark, haunting, and very heartbreaking story of coming to age knowing what will be at the end of the journey . .completion . .

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This melancholy and depressing film adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian sci-fi novel tells an achingly sad story that avoids any sort of easy preaching and offers a delicate meditation on time and the transience of life, with intense performances from its main trio.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

A sad tone poem about the lives of clones developed purely to harvest their body parts.
Can't say more than that, can one?
But I'll try.
Good performances, solid production values and yet ...
the whole movie's like getting a bowl of hot, melted ice cream at your dearly beloved grandmother's funeral.
Like taking a group of puppies to the animal shelter.
Like being the only one to work on Christmas Day and finding you have to do a double cause yer relief's not coming in.
You get it. I kept asking myself: " How long can this go on?"

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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