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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
This is an exceedingly promising directorial debut for Scafaria, who adapted the winning romance Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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?
It's too bad the movie chose to go so gentle into that good night.
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'' has its laughs, but pretty much every single one of them is in the trailer.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
"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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
"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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad.
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.
One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" struggles to find its voice.
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.
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.
What it doesn't have is a way of making sense of its comic and dramatic strains, together, in the same movie.
Think of it as a greeting-card version of the end of times. Self-consciously winsome. Decorous.
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.
| Original Score: C+
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.
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.
| Original Score: B-
It amounts to sort of a romanic comedy, although it makes no promises of providing a happy ending.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
Buoyed by individual moments, and by some of the inspired casting that's revealed at each stop along the way.
...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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
After so many hellish apocalypse movies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is intelligent, dignified and emotionally satisfying.
By turns bizarrely affectless and then prattlingly manic, much like its dual protagonists...
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.
Seeking a Friend plays to the strengths of both leads, allowing Carell to be the controlled introvert and Knightley to portray the bubbly extrovert.
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.
Scafaria and her two likeable leads have made a witty, warm-hearted and impressively original addition to the rom-com ranks.