Like Crazy

2011

Like Crazy

Critics Consensus

It has the schmaltzy trappings of my romantic films, but Like Crazy allows its characters to express themselves beyond dialogue, crafting a true, intimate study.

71%

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Total Count: 152

62%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 19,399
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A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heartbreaking for an audience to experience. Director Drake Doremus' film Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is devastating. When a British college student (Felicity Jones) falls for her American classmate (Anton Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa. Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart. -- (C) Paramount

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Cast

Chris Messina
as Mike Appletree
Amanda Carlin
as American Consulate Woman
Barry Sabath
as Professor
Kayla Barr
as College Roommate
James Messer
as Delivery Man
Robert Pike Daniel
as Court Clerk
Jimmy Tamborello
as Figurine Band Member
Meredith Landman
as Figurine Band Member
David Foster
as Figurine Band Member
David Forster
as Figurine Band Member
Iris Taylor Cameron
as Customs Official #1
Michael Lovett
as Customs Official #2
Manal El Masri
as Customs Official #3
Stephen Young
as Ticketing Agent #1
Callie Beckmann
as Ticketing Agent #2
Michael Hyatt
as Customs Agent
Eric Satterberg
as Jacob's Friend
John Weselcouch
as Jacob's Friend
Michael Reilly
as Jacob's Friend
David Cuddy
as Jacob's Friend
Julia Montague
as Kissing Couple
Jason King
as Kissing Couple
Jo Victoria Russell
as Girl in Market
Vickie Moss
as Girl in Market
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Critic Reviews for Like Crazy

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (45)

  • A good movie which, if not exactly a masterpiece, at least involves us throughout.

    Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Apart from everything else, Like Crazy is a reminder of the awful fact that all choices are permanent, to some degree. Life cannot be rewound and done over. It's a grownup love story.

    Jan 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An unexpected and deeply moving tale of the fragility of young romance.

    Jan 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The couple's story is related through small, true-to-life details that paint an unidealized portrait of love - the euphoria, the sadness, and everything in between.

    Nov 19, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • It's imperative for director and co-writer Drake Doremus to color the film with a great deal of blossoming-love sparkle right off the bat, and he does just that.

    Nov 11, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Doremus delivers a tightly focused film that's all the more impressive for being improvised.

    Nov 11, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Like Crazy

  • Jul 31, 2014
    Wanted to like this, but it just felt like a real nothing movie. I didn't buy the attraction between the pair, which I guess is a major problem for this genre. I didn't really care if they got together or not. To me, they were both cheaters anyhow, so can't have been too madly in love.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2013
    It drags at times, but ultimately the film avoids romance-movie clichés with its excellent acting and interesting plot. The pacing is mostly done well, and I enjoyed the cinematography and the film editing. It's not an entirely memorable film, but it charms despite its obvious flaws.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2013
    I feel that this movie is not for everyone. It happens you know, sometimes a movie is not all about entertainment or forum to express or explore ideas, sometimes a movie can be a film without a story. Like Crazy explores the journey between two young person who met and fall in love instantly during their university years but faced trouble when the girl, who is a UK citizen, got deported back to her country. The movie then continues with their fall about, patching up, breaking up and a very absurd ending, which some will hate, but for the other, like me, will be satisfied with it and ending up giving it a positive review. PS: Choosing Canadian band, Stars' Dead Hearts as their soundtrack was a brilliant choice. 7.8/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2013
    Immigration issues and infidelity upset the love of two twenty-somethings. In today's dating climate, things are far more fluid than in times past, and this film captures that fluidity. Whereas films like <i>Love Story</i> and <i>The Way We Were</i> occupy themselves with only the lives of two people and their elliptical orbits around each other, today we often add other people -- other moons -- that interfere with the primary relationship. This is as true in life as it is in this fine film. Strong performances by Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones carry the film, and supporting roles, most notably by Jennifer Lawrence, complement the two leads nicely. There aren't any great, memorable scenes, but the film captures the feeling of this relationship well, and I found myself enjoying getting to know these characters. The story and its central conflict are less compelling than the performances. Immigration issues are real-world problems, and I'm sure that those who experience them find great difficulty, but the don't compel as a central conflict for a film. Also, I found that the film dragged here and there, particularly when the leads were apart. Overall, this is a strong film for this era, but it's not as transcendent as one might hope.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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