Love, Simon

Critics Consensus

Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.

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Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

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Cast

Nick Robinson
as Simon Spier
Alexandra Shipp
as Abby Suso
Josh Duhamel
as Jack Spier
Logan Miller
as Martin Addison
Tony Hale
as Mr. Worth
Jennifer Garner
as Emily Spier
Keiynan Lonsdale
as Bram Greenfield
Miles Heizer
as Cal Price
Talitha Bateman
as Nora Spier
Joshua Mikel
as Ride Operator
Darcy Rose Byrnes
as High School Student
Sean O'Donnell
as High School Student
Terayle Hill
as Spencer
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Critic Reviews for Love, Simon

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (38)

  • Despite...strangely misjudged moments, Love, Simon succeeds in navigating most of the pitfalls of the gay coming-of-age narrative and is ultimately moving and genuine.

    Apr 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • How heartening that a mainstream studio flick could have a gay protagonist. How disappointing that said flick is as twee and anodyne as this.

    Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • With its sheer warmth, openness, likability and idealism, Love, Simon won me over.

    Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As a sociological milestone, this is not quite in the Black Panther class, but the difference lies only in the size of the film's financial ambitions.

    Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is as sweet as bubble-gum-flavored medicine; it arrives as if without cinematic lineage-unburdened by cinema's history of equating gayness with death. It just stops short of producing a picture of gay attraction.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's too sanded down to ever truly snag on something like a real, specific, visceral emotion, but it's got the pop-chorus bombast that will get you to some kind of objective sense of fireworks, one way or another.

    Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love, Simon

  • Apr 14, 2019
    Beautiful. It felt very real.
    Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2018
    Coming from the creator of essentially every CW show currently on air, Greg Berlanti, I didn't know what to expect from Love, Simon. Being that his first film wasn't well received several years ago, how would he bounce back after being hailed as a television genius. Well, it's fair to say he did quite well. Love, Simon is not only a good coming of age film, but a touching romantic drama as well. The catch being that no one knows Simon is gay and he's been secretly communicating with another gay classmate over the internet, who is also unknown. It becomes a story about identity and empathy, and how everyone deals with their true selves differently. I liked that this movie had several moving pieces and it always kept you guessing as to who the "mystery person" Simon was communicated with was. However, I'm not sure the payoff was worth the wait. Fair or not, I was hoping for a more clever conclusion the film long mystery, even if that means using a cliche here or there to get to that point. The film also suffers from one too many characters that Simon has an emotional beat with. Just as you start to connect with his mom, dad, sister, or one of his many friends, the film moves on to the next person. And never truly lets you feel the weight of one of those particular bonds breaking or coming back together. In that way, it's a little too stuffed with material, which is not to say any of them are bad sequences, just not fulfilling. With that said, there are undoubtedly great moments of heart and levity which makes for an always enjoyable film, just not a complete one. 7.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2018
    One of the better teen movies I have seen lately. Sweet, funny, light, even with it's difficult theme. I could see myself rewatching this at some point.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2018
    Universal in that it's not just about a gay teen coming out to the world, but about how scary it is to introduce yourself to the world no matter who you are while specific enough to be a *moment" unto itself. Some really nice performances here, most notably from Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, and Logan Miller (who won't get the recognition he deserves for what he does here), while the MVP of it all may be Ms. Albright AKA Natasha Rothwell as this high school drama teacher who does not, I repeat does not, GAF. There's also this great idea expressed by a character (IN HIGH SCHOOL!!) that concerns not being a casual person in the sense that they're not afraid to show how much something means to them...unafraid to show how much they care. That may seem like something small, but this straight white guy wishes someone would have assured him of this when he was seventeen.
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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