Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Reviews

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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."
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.
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 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
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.
April 15, 2016
Its Sundance buzz wears off well before the end credits roll.
December 31, 2015
There's plenty to like here, but the movie focuses on the least interesting person on the screen, a curious choice considering we're talking life and death.
October 28, 2015
A very ingenous prank, maybe a little too self aware, and not as good as the great films it pays homage to. [Full review in Spanish]
October 14, 2015
The biggest flaw in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is right there in the title: the first word, specifically.
September 16, 2015
Superficially engaging but emotionally empty.
September 7, 2015
Like its protagonist, Me, Earl and the Dying Girl - which somehow won two major awards at Sundance earlier this year - thinks it's much deeper than it is.
September 6, 2015
If a generic structure and a message about being kind to others is in place, it is essential to have the basics right, like the script and performances, because we've all seen a lot of films but unlike Greg we understand them and predict them.
September 4, 2015
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl gets sick, but she can still inspire a man to better himself, while also adding a dash of repugnant narcissism to the subgenre.
September 3, 2015
It remains a thoroughly cellophaned package, no more affecting - or lasting - than a vaguely colourful baguette from an upmarket sandwich chain.
July 8, 2015
Hey, I appreciate quirk as much as the next guy, but I'm not sure the untimely, painful demise of a young woman is the most appropriate subject for showcasing a filmmaker's hip worldview.
July 6, 2015
The harsh reality of mortality interferes with the budding, golden lives of young people. Not just those who die, but those who have to experience the bummerness of it all.
July 3, 2015
I've never seen a movie so carefully engineered to be an indie hit. It's like it was created in an underground lab by corduroy-wearing scientists listening to Sufjan Stevens playing over the loudspeakers.
July 2, 2015
Every line, gesture, story beat and camera move comes complete with post-ironic air quotes. It's like Juno on crystal meth.
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