How I Live Now (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

How I Live Now (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Led by another strong performance from Saoirse Ronan and a screenplay that subverts YA clichés, How I Live Now blends young love with post-apocalyptic drama.

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Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive. (c) Magnolia
Rating:
R (for violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Harley Bird
as Piper
Anna Chancellor
as Aunt Penn
Corey Johnson
as Consular Official
Jonathan Rugman
as News Reporter
Darren Morfitt
as Sergeant
Stella Gonet
as Mrs. McEvoy
Desmond McAleer
as Major McEvoy
Sophie Stanton
as Woman in Truck
Natasha Jonas
as Woman in Truck
Nav Sidhu
as Checkpoint Soldier
Amy Dawson
as Beaten Woman
Mark Stanley (VI)
as Chasing Man 1
Paul Ronan
as Chasing Man 2
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Critic Reviews for How I Live Now

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (31)

Refreshingly free of digital apocalyptics and unnervingly prone to random violence.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

How I Live Now centres on what happens to a group of young people when civilization begins to crumble. But it's also a poignant love story, a compelling, against-all-odds one at that.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

"How I Live Now" makes World War III seem boring, which would hardly seem possible.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

There's a clear message here: Sometimes it takes extraordinary circumstances to realize it, but we all have the capacity to shed our petty concerns and focus on the greater good.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

How I Live Now offers adolescents a lovely vision of holistic healing in the same countryside.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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There's a lot left unsaid in How I Live Now - but it's unsaid with unusual force.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for How I Live Now

Limp young romance in the English countryside as some international tensions develop into actual firefights on the homefront. I spent the whole film waiting for something to happen, anything. I should better have made popcorn.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

I didn't know what to think when I came into watching this film. I certainly wasn't expecting what I got. I like how they focused on the characters and really fleshed them out. It was a very real story but maybe it should have been more focused. It was both a coming of age romance story and a post-apocalyptic survival drama. It felt like it was trying to do too much. Either way, it was still enjoyable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

"How I Live Now"? Apparently how Saoirse Ronan lives now is in a world where gradually toning down the hamminess of a performance passes as character development. The script really could use a little...umm...EVERYTHING. But for a low budget film, it actually does a lot with what it has.

Christian C
Christian C

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