Never Let Me Go

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With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers.



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"Never Let Me Go" is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of the same name. Kathy, Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but they are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.


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Critic Reviews for Never Let Me Go

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  • Director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) gives the slow-burning adult drama a nostalgic, almost lyrical glow where hope and acceptance override any impulse to rebel or even question.

    Mar 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Real men will see this and weep, as I did. It is one of the most moving and profound films in a long time.

    Mar 30, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Deeply moving.

    Feb 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Pretty, empty, and immediately forgettable.

    Feb 9, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film withholds the explicit fear and passion that another kind of treatment might have aimed for, but it works as a cogent, subdued parable of mortality.

    Oct 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Like all the best sci-fi, it's about how we live now, rather than the future.

    Oct 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 05, 2016
    Not one to watch if you suffer from depression or want any excitement at all.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2015
    Never Let Me Go is a surprising film, with a strange blend of sci-fi, mystery, romance, and atrocity that I've never seen before. The film's style, especially in the first act, is quite good and gives the sense it takes place in an alternate, but very real world. The lead actresses play their parts well, as one would expect. The main strike against the film is the lead actor, who is fine, but not on par with his co-stars and it detracts from the tragic strain the film is going for. But overall, Never Let Me Go is a memorable film and is quite good.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2014
    A sad tone poem about the lives of clones developed purely to harvest their body parts. Can't say more than that, can one? But I'll try. Good performances, solid production values and yet ... the whole movie's like getting a bowl of hot, melted ice cream at your dearly beloved grandmother's funeral. Like taking a group of puppies to the animal shelter. Like being the only one to work on Christmas Day and finding you have to do a double cause yer relief's not coming in. You get it. I kept asking myself: " How long can this go on?"
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2014
    I can understand that the message the film gives is pretty awesome. However, I couldn't really connect with the movie as much as I wanted to. I felt most of it was forced and too dour to be relatable.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer

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