Never Let Me Go Reviews

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August 20, 2019
Mark Romanek conjures visions of mortality via elegiac images of England's cozy landscape and haunting architecture. He lets the film unfold as a delicate mood piece, sustaining a tone of aching beauty with remarkable control.
November 6, 2018
In struggling to meet the profound levels of its literary forbearer, the film finds itself in that unfortunate no-man's land between light entertainment and high-end art - satisfying neither the movie aficionado nor the casual cinema-goer.
November 6, 2018
Tragic, beautiful and simultaneously strange and familiar, Never Let Me Go serves a unique slant on the universal human condition.
August 30, 2018
Perhaps such passive solemnity is true to the book, but on screen, along with the sad tinkling piano and the sad violins that just won't quit, the overall effect is so enervating that you simply don't feel a damned thing.
May 21, 2018
Never Let Me Go is an unrelentingly bleak film in which you watch these three characters grow up and march towards their doom.
May 15, 2018
The lack of dramatic tension means it's difficult to emotionally connect with the central characters and their dilemma.
January 3, 2018
Only when the girls team up does the film start to fulfill its promise.
September 8, 2017
The script could have done better to translate the concept. It works as a big picture concept, but doesn't get the treatment it deserves here.
August 29, 2017
It is gorgeous and sad.
August 8, 2017
What makes this film so haunting is not simply its frightening take on our near future (treating as if it's the recent past): it's also in the film's gorgeous photography and dreamy music.
November 11, 2013
Emotionally stunted at times, Never Let Me Go gets lost in its own melancholy and fails to live up to its potential.
November 5, 2013
a beautifully acted and heartbreaking story of young love, but it opens up more thoughts that just from that angle of storytelling
January 27, 2013
Melancholy, poignant and chilling
February 14, 2012
August 19, 2011
I came to this film knowing nothing about it, except that it was based on the highly-acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguru. I had no foreknowledge of its story or premise-and I'm glad...
August 15, 2011
Melancholy and futility define this subtle future-set drama about three children who grow up knowing that they'll never own themselves or their own bodies.
April 4, 2011
Although [the] film adaptation does indeed fall short of the brilliance of the source material (and will likely distance viewers even more than the book ever did), it manages to convey the novel's most important themes, and most affecting moments.
April 4, 2011
Mark Romanek manages to make that very real(ish) world look and feel totally alien and hermetically sealed, a gray/blue/green/brown tragedy terrarium that both perfectly colorless and incredibly, inescapably sad.
April 1, 2011
It's also a film which affirms what is valuable about life. I think this film is a must-see.
April 1, 2011
Though often moving at a glacial pace, this mood piece -- aptly described as a refined romantic drama with a cerebral sci-fi twist -- rarely stays in the same place for long.
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