How I Live Now Reviews

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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.
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.
February 18, 2014
I did not believe what was happening. I didn't particularly like the performances.
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 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.
November 24, 2013
...it is, for the most part, impossible to develop any real interest in the various characters' exploits.
November 22, 2013
Despite some strong performances, the script's disparate ideas don't jell emotionally.
November 14, 2013
There's not enough real transition on the part of Daisy, despite the work Ronan puts in, but that's not enough to make this end-of-the-world movie the end of the world.
November 14, 2013
"How I Live Now" makes World War III seem boring, which would hardly seem possible.
November 8, 2013
With jarring tonal shifts between a teen romance and a bleak wartime drama, How I Live Now is an off-kilter, morally problematic film that a great young cast cannot save.
November 8, 2013
It's all a little overwrought to be honest, with Macdonald unable to effectively modulate the movie's mood swings.
November 8, 2013
This adaptation of Meg Rosoff's young adult novel hasn't much to recommend it except the presence of Saoirse Ronan in the leading role.
November 8, 2013
Just because virtually any story can be told through the eyes of a solipsistic teen girl doesn't mean that it should be.
November 8, 2013
There's nothing in the character, or Ronan's performance, to draw you in. She enters the film like a junior-grade Lindsay Lohan - all hard eyes and dyed hair and proactive disapproval - and bores almost immediately.
November 8, 2013
As Daisy's conflicts become more typical of the genre (which was especially crowded this summer), there aren't any new insights to unearth.
November 8, 2013
Instead of showing Daisy and Eddie falling for each other through genuine interaction, we just get lots of montages of them giving googly eyes at one another. It just didn't fit with the raw nature of the film's tone.
November 7, 2013
Mr. Macdonald struggles to balance a nebulous narrative on tentpole moments of rich emotional resonance.
November 7, 2013
"How I Live Now" is a showcase for Ronan to prove that she's capable of more than pristine, angelic roles.
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