Katie Says Goodbye Reviews

January 7, 2020
Cooke gives the character such an indomitable spirit that she single-handedly lifts Katie Says Goodbye above its own miseries.
June 20, 2019
It's a powerfully evocative story with outstanding performances, beautiful dialogue, and most importantly, a lasting effect of optimism.
June 19, 2019
Playing an uplifting song at the end of a film doesn't resolve the absence of thematic meaning that was lacking throughout the entire movie.
June 15, 2019
Olivia Cooke gives a star making performance in this bittersweet story of one determined young woman.
June 8, 2019
"Katie Says Goodbye" is nearly 90 minutes of terrible things happening to the protagonist. Despite strong work from Olivia Cooke, it's painful to sit through.
June 7, 2019
... generates sympathy for its hard-luck protagonist, due mostly to Cooke's powerful performance. However, there aren't many fresh angles to a familiar story of emotionally wounded loners.
June 7, 2019
Torture porn is kinder to its victims than "Katie Says Goodbye" is to its heroine.
June 6, 2019
The point of this grim first film by writer-director Wayne Roberts is that lousy things happen to innocent people. But Katie is guileless to the point of stupidity.
June 6, 2019
In the end, Katie Says Goodbye is a strain of virulent misogyny disguised as a profound piece of art.
June 6, 2019
An unrewarding slide into hopelessness, asking the audience to endure painful acts of violence and humiliation in the name of characterization that's never truly there.
February 7, 2018
We've seen many "hookers with a heart of gold" stories before, but none like this.
November 20, 2017
I think this is a film about a young girl, unfathomably naïve, who did things that girls who look like Olivia Cooke aren't supposed to do, and is severely punished for it. Katie Says Goodbye is a hateful film.
December 17, 2016
Katie isn't an easy watch, to be sure, but it's very well executed and deeply felt. And it's always a joy to see a film where the director is so obviously in love with his lead character.
October 19, 2016
As brutal as Katie Says Goodbye may be to experience, one cannot help but commend Roberts' control over the viewer.
September 11, 2016
Everything Roberts wants to convey is obtrusively front and center, leaving little room for the viewer to have any interpretation for themselves.
September 11, 2016
The fact that the lead character is so utterly guileless and innocent and kindhearted -- she's essentially a smiley face with a "KICK ME" sign taped to her back -- makes Katie less a victim of the world and more a victim of writer-director Wayne Roberts.
September 11, 2016
Wayne Roberts' powerfully low-key drama gets under the skin.
September 11, 2016
A luminous, heartbreaking performance from Olivia Cooke shines through every frame of Katie Says Goodbye.
September 11, 2016
Even if first-time writer-director Wayne Roberts is sympathetic to the plight he's chosen for the protagonist, his film never burrows deep enough under her skin to make the string of miserable scenarios connect in a meaningful way.