Never Let Me Go Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
March 30, 2011
Whilst I was intrigued by certain elements, I left the theatre with a feeling of disappointment. It was like I hadn't seen the whole story.
March 30, 2011
As a triangular love story, this doesn't really soar either, despite good performances from a hip young cast, and the end result is that a story that should have been terribly affecting, isn't.
March 30, 2011
Never Let Me Go is such a curiously muted viewing experience. Everything is there for a three-tissue weepie, but it never quite comes together.
February 14, 2011
Daft and dull.
February 10, 2011
The piece comes across as uneventful, devoid of tension and disappointingly superficial in its view of a parallel dystopia.
February 9, 2011
Pretty, empty, and immediately forgettable.
January 31, 2011
The pupils' failure to question their fate plays more like lethargy than tragically repressed emotion.
January 3, 2011
Rather than create a haunting nightmarish history from which we may be unable to awake from today, the use of [the] anachronistic trope in 'Never Let Me Go' only de-empathizes the audience from the film's bigger and brighter ideas.
December 28, 2010
Structurally and emotionally, Never Let Me Go is a mess, a sci-fi love triangle that left me completely cold.
December 27, 2010
Mulligan is brilliant again but this chilly, sci-fi love story gets mired in tedium and frustrates with lots of unanswered questions-probably by design.
October 21, 2010
... I suspect for anyone who was not enchanted by the novel, it is a tale that remains unsatisfying and empty ...
October 13, 2010
It's all so lamely poetic.
October 13, 2010
Subtle, solemn and strangely ponderous, it's exquisitely mounted but filled with chilling despair.
October 8, 2010
Never Let Me Go offers a potent blend of intriguing premise, fine acting and quiet poignancy. Usually this would leave me an emotional wreck. Yet it didn't.
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