How I Live Now

2013

How I Live Now

Critics 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.

66%

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Total Count: 106

55%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 8,032
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Movie Info

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 Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay).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

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Cast

Anna Chancellor
as Aunt Penn
Corey Johnson
as Consular Official
Jonathan Rugman
as News Reporter
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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  • Jan 21, 2018
    Kevin Macdonald is crafting out some very unique films but this film had me sitting in the middle. Visually the film is great and some of the depictions of war atrocities are hard hitting but quite empty when you compare it to the rest of the films. The characters are introduced and you have a considerable amount of time with them but after the invasion and attack they are completely ignored. There was a better film here and the casting of Ronan suggested quality but sadly this didn't come to fruition. The film really comes undone in the final third and you get no answers on what is happening or the why, something that could have been covered in the final third. The characters are quite empty in the end and if the filmmakers weren't going to give answers, they really needed to have a strong character driven film. 20-01-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2014
    This really just wasn't that good. This starts off interestingly enough, but just gets boring pretty quickly. I also feel like the characters don't react rationally to everything. There's times when they freak out over small things, and when they should be going crazy and running away, they practically don't give a shit. It doesn't make any sense. When they get shot at, or are in direct combat, they barely seem to care, compared to how much they freak out about having enough food or water. And then when London gets fucking nuked they're basically just like, well okay that sucks. Maybe the book does a better job of telling the story, because this movie sure as hell doesn't.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2014
    Although the film starts off quite slow, I thought it ended up being a very interesting portrayal of war, and what you would do survive. I didn't care for the voices that Daisy heard in her head. It was kind of distracting. I didn't care much for the incest either. I would eyeroll anytime she dreamed about him shirtless too. I mean, the film certainly wasn't the best thing ever, but I thought it really got interesting once the war broke out, and they got separated.
    m h Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2014
    It focuses too much on the under-developed teen romance and seems to gloss over the fact that there's a war going on. Every time it seems about to confront the truth of the situation, it instead switches to the love story, as though afraid to go there.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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