Never Let Me Go Reviews

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March 31, 2011
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.
March 30, 2011
Real men will see this and weep, as I did. It is one of the most moving and profound films in a long time.
February 10, 2011
Deeply moving.
February 9, 2011
Pretty, empty, and immediately forgettable.
October 14, 2010
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.
October 13, 2010
Like all the best sci-fi, it's about how we live now, rather than the future.
October 8, 2010
Never Let Me Go is gorgeous. And depressing. It's exquisitely acted. And depressing. It's romantic, profound and superbly crafted, shot with the self-contained radiance of a snow globe. And it's depressing.
October 8, 2010
Oddly cold and detached, as if director Mark Romanek and screenwriter Alex Garland couldn't decide precisely how to interpret Kazuo Ishiguro's popular novel and so they just laid it out flat. And flat it feels.
October 7, 2010
Never Let Me Go, director Mark Romanek's introspective adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, is a work of subtle beauty -- a melancholy meditation on the finality of life and the choices we make as our time shortens.
October 1, 2010
Never Let Me Go is strangely moving and mournful, but I wish more had been made of the beauty these people are relinquishing, if only as a counterweight to all that artful drear.
September 24, 2010
The emotional impact creeps up on the reader only gradually. Then, bam, it hits forcefully, memorably, and, yes, never lets us go.
September 24, 2010
The theme of Ishiguro's novel -- that we all construct delicate fictions to mask the dehumanization of modern life -- proves so elusive onscreen that by the last scene it has to be spelled out in a clumsy, didactic voice-over.
September 24, 2010
The combination of social anguish and dark chill in Never Let Me Go packs a quietly devastating punch.
September 24, 2010
It may rob the film of drama, but Romanek has erred on the side of quality, crafting a beautifully cast and artfully rendered allegory of lost youth and trampled innocence.
September 23, 2010
Never Let Me Go is sci-fi for the Belle & Sebastian set.
September 23, 2010
Never Let Me Go could have been assembled from the Merchant-Ivory kit. It's stale with suppressed anguish.
September 23, 2010
The film is a success. It works. Greatness eludes it, yes. But greatness eludes almost every film adaptation of a major novel, which we must remember when confronted by a good one.
September 23, 2010
Never Let Me Go would have made a serious error in ramping up contrived melodrama toward some sort of science-fiction showdown. This is a movie about empathy.
September 23, 2010
I felt more connection to, and sympathy for, these characters in their far-fetched situation than I've felt for a lot of "normal" fictional people lately.
September 22, 2010
Romanek, a highly respected music video director making his follow-up to One Hour Photo, has crafted a motion picture that is as visually impressive as it is emotionally distant.
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