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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)



Critic Consensus: Tender, charming, and well-acted, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is unfortunately hamstrung by jarring tonal shifts and a disappointing final act.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity's last days are at hand. As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks - if not the world's - brighten. -- (C) Focus

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Critic Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (41)

Though it's clear we're meant to be moved by the big finale, the sight of these two together is so unsettling it's hard not to start rooting for the asteroid.

July 10, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year.

June 26, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This is an exceedingly promising directorial debut for Scafaria, who adapted the winning romance Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.

June 22, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings.

June 22, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A movie that may be, in its own small, weird way, the most bizarrely bittersweet and oddly beautiful romance you've seen in quite awhile.

June 22, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist.

June 22, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

The beginning is actually quite excellent. With knowledge of the impending end of the world spreading it's pretty quirky and full of black humor to see how people deal with it, despair or celebrate the last days. With increasing length of the following road trip bringing two characters together, things move more and more in somewhat normal rom com terrain, despite of the unusual premise. That slows down the film at times. What's worst is that it ends exactly like you'd expect it to and there is no punchline, no surprise. That's disappointing after a really good first half with the who is who of US comedy.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This movie should not be sold as a comedy, for it is actually the most depressing movie of the year, and the problem lies in fact in its abrupt shifts in tone and a disastrous attempt at being both a cute road movie and a profound love story, leading to an awful ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" follows the exact title all the way through. At it's core, this film is essentially about a planet that is about to collide with Earth, leaving the planet in ruins. After that set-up, the audience follows around Dodge (played by Steve Carell), a troubled middle-aged man who just got a divorce, weeks before the end of the world. Running into a much younger woman than him, they form a friendship and she helps him through his emotions and tries to get him where he wants to be for the end. The promise, characters, and payoff that this film sets up in the first two acts really had me invested, until it didn't. This film helms terrific performances and great characters that come in and out of their lives throughout these remaining days; However, when you set up things that audiences want to see executed and you do not follow through, it can be pretty frustrating. The third act of this film really felt like a quick wrap up. It almost seemed like the writers were rushing or wrote themselves into a corner. There were many things that occur in the final act that are left alone. In the end, this film is definitely one with a lot of promise and I felt myself attached to almost every character, until it's very rushed conclusion. Well-made, but ultimately disappointing.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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