How I Live Now Reviews

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February 1, 2021
A treat for the eyes, but rings hollow in the story and character department.
March 11, 2020
How I Live Now is a simpler tale about a young girl who finds her own power in a hostile world. In the battle-scarred world that is the movie business, this film deserves to find a place.
February 13, 2020
Although stylistically and tonally interesting, it relies too heavily on forced and rushed character connections to make it as visceral and involving as it wants to be.
January 8, 2020
An incredible story, powerful emotion, another strong female character in today's mix of books and movies, How I Live Now is lesson on how the world should live - always.
June 17, 2019
An odd-duck hybrid of a teenage summer romance and an apocalyptic nightmare, How I Live Now has some impressive ambitions, but mostly it comes off like a Nicolas Sparks rewrite of Red Dawn.
March 5, 2019
Though such subject matter may sound provocative on paper, Macdonald's big screen translation is too dour and generic to ever truly capture the imagination.
November 12, 2018
Although ambitious with its take on young love within the possible confines of a grueling Armageddon, dullards Daisy and Eddie opt for a hormonal hayride in the English countryside.
August 28, 2018
How I Live Now is a drastically different sort of film, though Ronan's performance is one of her best yet.
August 9, 2018
Largely covers the same territory occupied by Tomorrow, When the War Began, but with more intelligence, restraint and better production values.
September 6, 2017
Oscar-nominated former child star [Saoirse] Ronan is a reason enough to see any film.
August 18, 2014
Based on the YA novel by Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now finds itself hindered by its source material, even as it seeks to surpass it.
May 15, 2014
Saoirse Ronan supplies what the screenwriters do not
April 5, 2014
Lush and bewilderingly rich with portent and moment, Kevin Macdonald's gently wrought apocalyptic-pop teen romance takes place in a deadly near future in the English countryside far from the center of modern war.
March 13, 2014
How I Live Now is likely to appeal to both teens and older viewers, and it thankfully doesn't blindly follow formulas, but allows itself to drift and flow.
February 28, 2014
On the outside, How I Live Now looks like a mess. Part Tomorrow When the War Began, part The Shining, part 28 Days Later, it's a hodgepodge of concepts that don't completely gel. So it's weird that the film is actually quite good.
February 18, 2014
I did not believe what was happening. I didn't particularly like the performances.
February 18, 2014
Not having read the book on which this impressive film is based I was completely unprepared for the way the narrative developed.
February 10, 2014
It's easy to see what the filmmakers were going for: a story of young love and survival during wartime, but there are far too many holes in this story and a lack of essential ingredients to make it work.
February 6, 2014
[A]rguably delves into country matters more deeply than any precursor in cinema.
February 4, 2014
The target audience probably won't worry much about whether there's a more effective way to split the difference between world's-end anxiety and the possibly greater tumult of adolescent love.
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