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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)



Critic Consensus: Tender, charming, and well-acted, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is unfortunately hamstrung by jarring tonal shifts and a disappointing final act.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity's last days are at hand. As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks - if not the world's - brighten. -- (C) Focusmore
Rating: R (for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lorene Scafaria
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2012
Box Office: $7.1M
Focus Features - Official Site


Gillian Jacobs
as Waitress/Katie
T.J. Miller
as Chipper Host/Darcy
Mark Moses
as Anchorman
Brad Morris
as Radio Announcer
Rob Huebel
as Jeremy
Trisha Gorman
as Crying Woman
Vince Grant
as Man #1/Chip
Amy Schumer
as Woman #1/Lacey
Bob Stephenson
as Officer Wally Johnso...
Rene Gube
as Cellmate
Jim O'Heir
as Cop #2
Dan Maurio
as Toilet Guy
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Critic Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (40)

There's an entire world out there that's about to end, and this movie zooms in on the two least interesting people in it.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Carell possesses a knack for these comedic-tinged dramatic parts, subtly layering on the pathos while slyly exploiting his character's vulnerability.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

A certain generosity of spirit is required here, but the performances are excellent and the central premise ... is a solid and amusing one.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013

Seeking a Friend mocks the modern rom-com formula, but its apocalyptic gags soon give way to a heart-breaking love story.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Big Hollywood

'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' is funny, but also profound and tragic.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
Laramie Movie Scope

Scafaria's brand of refreshingly sharp wit and insight will deliver for her fans but it wouldn't be the end of the world if you sought the movie out on the home video circuit.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World


This is the second romance-at-the-end-of-the-world film I've seen in as many days (Perfect Sense was the other) and is the lesser of the two in what might become a trend. The doomsday scenario is hardly a concern for this one as the budding romance takes the main stage and in that it is regrettably predictable to a fault. Cue some recognizable tunes to show our couple strolling down a beach to and that's the film in a nutshell. The one upsell is that Steve Carell gave the impression of reaching for something more substantial while working within the genre which added an interesting layer.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This film should not be sold as a comedy, for it is actually the most depressive movie of the year. The problem resides in the abrupt shifts in tone and in a disastrous attempt at being both a cute road movie and a profound love story, which leads to a horrible ending.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


It's a movie about the end of the world that, for about two-thirds in the middle, seems to forget the world is ending... the stakes evaporate and we're left limping along with an annoyingly saccharine love story all the way to the to the inevitable, uninspired conclusion... presuming you make it that far... I did it so you wouldn't have to.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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