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Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships. Read critic reviews

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A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though "friends" initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.

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Scarlett Johansson
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Olivia Wilde
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Kristen Wiig
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Adam Spiegel
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Portia Doubleday
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Spike Jonze
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Critic Reviews for Her

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  • While writer/director Spike Jonze creates a fascinating contemporary romance tale, complete with realistic snags, what is most interesting is the story's underlying commentary.

    September 5, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • One half of the relationship at the center of 'Her' may lack a physical form, but it is nonetheless a film about the universality of romance: its longing, its intensity, and its transformative power - for the best, and the worst.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The quasi-science fiction story of the film feels entirely possible, as Phoenix stares around him at passersby, all entranced with an electronic device in their hands.

    April 23, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Phoenix's performance is imbued with such genuine heartsickness that Theodore's musings on why his marriage fell apart ring of piercing, real-life regret, not break-up bromides.

    May 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • As Her slips into an inevitable melancholy, it becomes less about trans-humanity and more about, well, humanity.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • In the battle between head and heart there remains a Tin Man-shaped hole, leaving the viewer smiling wryly at the thought-provoking conceits while remaining as emotionally isolated as the movie's protagonist.

    February 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 07, 2016
    Spike Jonze just seems to excel as showing us gorgeous things, really sweet and beautiful little parcels of stories and Her is just another example. At times it borders on terrifyingly awkward and attempts to pose a desperately hopeless romantic story that is at times frightening and intimate. It's such a clever film, the only reason why it doesn't have five stars is that I felt the film was a bit overlong and seemed to drag a bit towards the end and whilst I was still gripped (more or less) I did start feeling slightly bored as the film's dreamy pace can become a tad monotonous and depressing towards the end. Joaquin Phoenix gives a fantastically mature stand out performance, probably the best acting I've seen from him in a long time and Scarlett Johansson's voice work is great as it was in the Jungle Book also. Weirdly enough, a strong supporting performance comes from Olivia Wilde who has about 15 minutes of screen time but manages to really shine in that time.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2015
    Excellent. This was such a great film. There's really nothing quite like this film out there and I couldn't be happier that I took the time to watch this. Worth checking out if you're even remotely interested.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2015
    In the not-too distant, easily relatable future, a man falls in love with his cell phone's operating system. The film's biggest feat is how that does not seem far fetched at all and how natural this development feels. Even as a viewer it's easy to fall in love with Johansson's voice and her joyful personality. Phoenix, who carries most of the film in his conversations with her, delivers a great performance too. Their chemistry is so enchanting and interesting the film requires little more than well-written dialogs to tell its story. Sadly, the final act fails to deliver a real punchline, the emphasis on emotions and refusal the get into technological aspects of the development took me out of the story a bit. The result is still deeply fascinating, also thanks to the outstanding production design of future L.A. and the gorgeous camera work.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2015
    Now as for starters, I am not a big fan of Spike Jonze's pictures. They come off as too weird or too alienating for many ("Being John Malkovich" anyone?). Funnily, "Her" isn't much of a departure in comparison to Jonze's earlier work, but it is, without a doubt, his most captivating. Let's be real: "Gravity" was just unreal. Quite possibly one of the greatest shot films ever crafted. Well, after being nearly 1 year late watching this movie, I could say, "Her" would sure as hell won for best cinematography if "Gravity" never fell on our laps. It is a gorgeous movie to behold. Every single shot is a respectful homage to "Lost In Translation" with some "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and with a little Wes Anderson peppered in. Colors pop with soft textures throughout but tiptoed in with a subtle melancholy tone. It works marvelously with its comedic but yet love/heartbreak themes. But even though the cinematography was vibrant, boy, Joaquin Phoenix plays an absolutely magnetic and nuanced performance. I don't care about his past troubles; this guy's talented. Now I've never seen Matthew's best acting performance in "Dallas Buyer's Club" to rightfully say whether his performance in that was any better than Phoenix's in "Her", but in no way should Phoenix be thrown in the back burner. His performance is a work of art. But the biggest achievement that "Her" feats is the phenomenal narrative powered by a supercharged screenplay/directing on behalf of Spike Jonze himself. Without a doubt, "Her" is more of a quiet piece so you won't find much dialogue here ala "Lost in Translation", but Jonze doesn't impose this method in a swaggering way -- he portrays it with perfection. Emotions such as sadness, laughter, the sense of hope, the desire of love, and confusion are exceedingly palpable but not so much in a way that it's thrown in audiences faces -- it gracefully settles in, making the movie not so much of a viewing but more of an experience. There's no way these emotions would have been portrayed if Jonze didn't utilize the method that he inhabits with this flick. To put it in one word, the film as a whole is beautiful. It's a film crafted and paced so superbly, there seems to be no wrong note Jonze plays with this film. Bravo, Spike Jonze. "Her" left me floored. Everything from the melancholy tone, to the symbolic imagery, to the captivating and infectious narrative, "Her" was a huge surprise for me. Without a doubt was "12 Years a Slave" the big winner for best picture, but "Her" comes in at a close 2nd or 3rd for me. Fair warning though: "Her" is a bit unsettling and it will leave people extremely weirded out, but "Her" is downright arresting.
    Albert K Super Reviewer

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