Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Reviews

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August 5, 2019
The spectacularly poignant ending, complete with growth, insight, and truth, will rip you apart and just as rebuild you.
June 18, 2019
It's very hipster-cute.
May 4, 2019
Mann and Cooke's performances are so open and natural that the screenplay's intelligent interrogation of lofty themes - including death, fear, and intergenerational relationships - never feels preachy or condescending.
March 13, 2019
What's captured here so well is the solipsism and confusion of being an adolescent who's forced to deal with death before you're ready to, an aspect of life so many films have trouble representing on-screen.
March 8, 2019
The film has great art direction and soundtrack selection, but nothing can disguise or improve its white-guy narrative of "Person unlike me who changed my life for the better."
January 23, 2019
It's a mixture of quirk and heart-breaking sadness that features plenty of humor -- only to pull the emotional rug out from under its audience.
November 1, 2018
Despite being cobbled together from so many familiar pieces, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl feels wholly unique and is one of the best movies of the year.
August 30, 2018
Character issues aside, the film tries far too hard to add eccentric touches to the visual language.
April 23, 2018
Greg spoke like a self-congratulatory 30-year-old novelist. At the start, he says: "I made a film so bad, it nearly killed someone." I didn't realise that someone would be me.
April 23, 2018
The film is unabashedly manipulative. It is the type that wins hearts not because it is particularly inventive but because everything in it is comfortably familiar.
December 3, 2017
Bernthal's history teacher gives a monologue about continuing to learn about loved ones long after they're gone that is beautifully written and delivered.
October 30, 2017
It doesn't get off to the strongest start but improves rapidly, thanks largely to the low-key but nicely winning performances delivered by Thomas Mann and R J Cyler as teenage buddies and amateur film-makers Greg and Earl.
October 17, 2017
Dying Girl has all the trappings of a twee nightmare, but it's a deeply moving film.
October 11, 2017
As well as being one of the most sickeningly overrated films of the year, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of the worst.
August 21, 2017
[Cinematographer] Chung Chung-hoon invests ordinary teenage bedrooms and suburban high-school cafeterias with a magic and mystery that don't disguise the film's shortcomings--but sure make them easier to forgive.
August 16, 2017
Earl's story, a cinema-loving black kid from the mean streets of Pittsburgh, is a film I would actually like to see. But no such luck -- it's the wiener white boy and his precious film project that gets most all the attention
August 2, 2017
Despite its significant failings, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl still left me hopeful. Perhaps I'm just twentieth-century enough to be pleasantly surprised by young people who are really trying to say and make things of substance.
April 26, 2017
[Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's] directing of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is crackling with invention, high spirits, and love of the movie.
June 10, 2016
Rachel's dying isn't really about Rachel at all. It's about Greg. In fact, everything that happens in the film is about Greg.
May 4, 2016
Although a touch too hip at times, and twee at others, Me and Earl is a sharply observed teenage drama and a real delight.
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