Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 10, 2012
Though it's clear we're meant to be moved by the big finale, the sight of these two together is so unsettling it's hard not to start rooting for the asteroid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 26, 2012
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 22, 2012
This is an exceedingly promising directorial debut for Scafaria, who adapted the winning romance Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
June 22, 2012
The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2012
A movie that may be, in its own small, weird way, the most bizarrely bittersweet and oddly beautiful romance you've seen in quite awhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 22, 2012
The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2012
Scafaria seems to get disoriented by her own scenario, boxing herself into an apocalypse whose initial absurdities feel so wonderfully right, but where to go from there?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 22, 2012
It's too bad the movie chose to go so gentle into that good night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 22, 2012
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'' has its laughs, but pretty much every single one of them is in the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 22, 2012
Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 21, 2012
This is a romantic comedy for people who don't like rom-coms. There's no chance of a happy ending, but its tender mercies speak volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2012
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," a half-tender portrait of two very lonely hearts in the closing weeks of humanity's run on Earth, is a strange movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 21, 2012
It seems downright unfair that billions of people have to die so that a middle-aged sad sack can cop a cuddle with a cute, younger bohemian neighbor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 21, 2012
While there are some amusing moments involving the film's stellar cast of second bananas, the "quirky" and utterly artificial love story at its center makes Armageddon feel like the preferable option.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 21, 2012
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" has plenty of tonal problems -- given the concept, how could it not? -- but Carell's introspective, dryly funny performance is a consistent delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2012
Scafaria, who made such a splash with her cheeky screenplay adaptation of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" in 2008, is simply over her head here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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June 21, 2012
Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2012
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World offers the beats of a series of bad news / worse news jokes. This is not necessarily a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 21, 2012
One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 21, 2012
Carell and Knightley give it their bittersweet best. But I never rooted for them as a couple. And in a romance, even one with tragic notes, that really is the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2012
Lorene Scafaria, making her feature debut as writer-director, scores numerous laughs off the social dislocation that follows as people realize the apocalypse is imminent.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 21, 2012
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" struggles to find its voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 21, 2012
When Seeking took hold of me, completely and without warning, I was digging for tissues. It's a lovely surprise for the official start of summer.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 21, 2012
As Seeking a Friend for the End of the World crawls toward its sentimental finale, you're rooting for that asteroid to get here, quick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2012
What it doesn't have is a way of making sense of its comic and dramatic strains, together, in the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
June 21, 2012
Think of it as a greeting-card version of the end of times. Self-consciously winsome. Decorous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 21, 2012
Scafaria has to work beneath the inevitable looming gloom or else chicken out, and that's a question that ultimately distracts from the characters' dramatic development.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 21, 2012
Bittersweet moments that remind us of the importance of family, questions of faith, the nature of forgiveness and facing mortality are handled deftly but the swings in mood are unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 21, 2012
There's real wisdom and honesty to the way this improvised friendship plays out, as both characters struggle to leave this mortal coil with some perspective and dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
It amounts to sort of a romanic comedy, although it makes no promises of providing a happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2012
In our summertime-movie world of aliens and superheroes who look all too familiar, Dodge and Penny look all the rarer in their precious humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 20, 2012
I liked "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," the notes it hit, the questions it asked. And if Scafaria is guilty of playing on emotions, at least she's good at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 19, 2012
Buoyed by individual moments, and by some of the inspired casting that's revealed at each stop along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 19, 2012
...Scafaria's skill here is not only in getting a wide pool of talented people to be in the film, but also in actually giving them something to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 19, 2012
After so many hellish apocalypse movies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is intelligent, dignified and emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 19, 2012
By turns bizarrely affectless and then prattlingly manic, much like its dual protagonists...
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 19, 2012
The casting is spectacularly wrong, and even on its own scant merits, writer-director Lorene Scafaria's screenplay has little insight into apocalyptic licentiousness, barring a tart line or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 19, 2012
Seeking a Friend plays to the strengths of both leads, allowing Carell to be the controlled introvert and Knightley to portray the bubbly extrovert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
June 19, 2012
The end of the world can't come fast enough in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a disastrously dull take on the disaster-movie formula.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2012
Scafaria and her two likeable leads have made a witty, warm-hearted and impressively original addition to the rom-com ranks.