How I Live Now Reviews

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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.
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.
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
Not having read the book on which this impressive film is based I was completely unprepared for the way the narrative developed.
February 6, 2014
[A]rguably delves into country matters more deeply than any precursor in cinema.
January 29, 2014
The strength of How I Live Now is its refreshingly stripped back aesthetic, committed performances from its young cast, and a screenplay that doesn't sugar-coat its horrors or the way teenagers interact.
December 8, 2013
This latest from director Kevin Macdonald (of pics like The Last King Of Scotland and State Of Play) is drawn from a 'young adult' novel by Meg Rosoff but, surprisingly, proves rather more adult than expected.
December 5, 2013
"...a harrowing anti-war movie that's only a bit relieved by a bittersweet love story."
December 2, 2013
How I Live Now could have been called 'Tomorrow When The War Began in rural England and my cousins and I decided to live a hippy rural existence until sh*t got real'; but that would have been far too literal.
November 28, 2013
The film's well-judged moments of horror and violence are charged with terror and moral abandon, perfect counterpoints to the safety and security Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) is seeking for herself and her petrified little cousin.
November 25, 2013
Macdonald commendably refuses to soften the blow in a couple of unforgettable scenes - setting this teen epic bravely apart from its peers.
November 23, 2013
Ronan's spectacular star turn makes the pro forma young adult love story plotting intimately, painfully real.
November 21, 2013
Doesn't really need a war ordeal to embellish it. Daisy herself should be story enough.
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