“I Thought I Understood It, That I Could Grasp It, But I Didn't, Not Really.”
“More Plot Found In A Television Advert.”
“Drake Doremus Beautifully Crafts This Heart-breaking Romantic-drama Through The Perfect Development Out Of Each Character. You Feel Their Every Pain, Their Every Heartache, Along With Every Joy And Sorrow.”
Like Crazy tells the truth, simply: Love is thrilling. And -- just because of the way life happens -- sometimes love hurts.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Largely a conventional, wan affair, despite its art-cinema flourishes, like scenes that start and end in medias res.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
No other recent film has so deftly captured the act of falling in love or so artfully interwoven the more practical efforts of maintaining that connection.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A serious, deeply felt romance for an audience Hollywood most often bombards with raunchy sex comedies and video-game adaptations.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Attention must be paid, even if you occasionally want to throw pots at the screen.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Lain on a bed of treacly piano music, this l'amour fou is l'amour tepid.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Doremus has crafted an intelligent and evocative story driven by two expert leads. I liked it very much. I just wish I could say I was crazy about it.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The music of Paul Simon's "Graceland" flows through "Like Crazy," and comments on it as well. This wise and beautiful little film is about two lovers falling from a state of grace.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Its empathy and artful way of conveying honest observation struck a chord with me...
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
It's not a clunky rom-com; it's sweeter and more intimate.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The reason to see it co-stars with Anton Yelchin, around whom the project got going. Her name is Felicity Jones.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This indie drama starts off as a sexy little date movie, but once the lovers have been separated it grows steadily more complicated and mature.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
His characters may shy at uncertainty and ambiguity. Doremus does not. He keeps his camera trained on that smudgy line between loyalty and love.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The cast creates such a naturalistic sense of empathy -- a complicity, even -- with the viewers that we're swept up into their characters' lives.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's imperative for director and co-writer Drake Doremus to color the film with a great deal of blossoming-love sparkle right off the bat, and he does just that.
Tom Long - Detroit News
What could have come off as stilted and artificial is instead genuine and natural.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Unlike most alleged Hollywood rom-coms, Like Crazy is delicate, uplifting and definitely worth investigating.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Like Crazy is an exquisite, beautifully acted gem of a film, one that should serve as a prelude to bigger things for stars Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, as well as director Drake Doremus.
Andrew Barker - Variety
We get that Anna and Jacob care for each other, but the foundation for their devotion often feels insubstantial if not imaginary.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
Those seeking a fresh take on romance will find Like Crazy almost existentially tepid.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
The couple's story is related through small, true-to-life details that paint an unidealized portrait of love - the euphoria, the sadness, and everything in between.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Like Crazy drives complexity, and it does so stylishly and cleverly. Delightfully done by director Drake Doremus.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
They share an indelible and entirely realistic chemistry, even though the plot meanders along, occasionally becoming repetitive and predictable as their connection begins to fray. Doremus handles the ensuing drama well enough.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Call it l'amour phooey.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Seriously, I liked this movie better last year, when it had Drew Barrymore in it and was called "Going the Distance."
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Although Like Crazy contains some emotionally on-target scenes, the movie as a whole feels glum and artificial.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Deeply felt first-love tale offers convincing performances and a fine-tuned storytelling sensibility.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
It makes you squirm in your seat - not because the angst of the young love depicted on screen is so vivid and relatable, but because these two people are so incredibly annoying together, you'd much rather see them apart.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
There's not an extraneous scene, and even the smallest moments - such as when Jacob goes to a London pub with Anna and stands around awkwardly - are ripe with meaning.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Drake Doremus has crafted a crazily inventive and totally irresistible tale of first love that makes the familiar seem bittersweet and heart-stoppingly new.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Deserved winner of the grand jury prize at Sundance, this story is as simple as two people mad about each other and as complex as intense relationships inevitably get.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
I hated, hated, hated these people and despise writer-director Drake Doremous for wasting a brutally overlong 89 minutes of my life with them.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
...an uneven endeavor from a promising new filmmaker...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I'll admit that my heart broke a little by film's end, as the camera rested on Yelchin and Jones's faraway looks and Stars' sublime "Dead Hearts" flooded the soundtrack.
Matthew Connolly - Film Comment Magazine
A well-made film with two strong leads that never fully appreciates the romance at its core.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Felicity Jones will break your heart at least once
"Are you a romantic or a realist? Like Crazy is the rare romantic drama made for both."
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
The performances from Yelchin and Jones are admirable, but they just don't have much to work with as their characters are underwritten and underdeveloped.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Like Crazy manages to capture the elusive whimsy of first love, only to beat it to death with a tedious on again/off again love story and two main characters obstinately selfish and mundane.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
This likeable low budget American indi is kept fresh by Yelchin and Jones who are endearing as the star-crossed lovers.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
It's more like a series of sentimental greeting cards suitable at differing stages of a relationship, from sparkling first love to broken relationship to marriage and out of it ... The screenplay is rather formless and for the most part, tedious.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
It makes what could have been a sweet and involving tour de force into a rather heavy-handed drama
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Managing to keep melodrama at a distance, it's nonetheless impossible not to get swept up in the relationship.
Rebecca Barry - Flicks.co.nz
This film not only provides an effective love story. It goes well beyond that to examine the way believable characters deal with problems resulting from forced separation due to immigration policies.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The film fails to explore each's new partners, and while leaving the focus on the central relationship isn't always a bad thing, when main duo fail to captivate in their own right, it feels a misstep not to have expanded the narrative.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Felicity Jones shines in Drake Doremus' deceptively simple romance, a refreshing take on an age-old dilemma.
Liz Beardsworth - Empire Magazine
It would be a good date movie for a couple on the point of breaking up.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The deeply-felt chemistry between Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin helps Like Crazy to capture the tragic ironies of young love in a diverting, mature, and ultimately heartbreaking manner.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
As so many others have done before, Drake Doremus captures the giddy excitement of courtship; what makes his film more unusual is that he then hangs around to observe the nitty-gritty of making the ensuing relationship work.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A good movie which, if not exactly a masterpiece, at least involves us throughout.
- This is London
Young love's tendresse has seldom seemed quite so irritating as it does in this largely improvised romance...
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Wearing its heart prominently on its sleeve, this romance tries a little too hard to persuade its audience that they too should fall in love with its star-crossed protagonists.
Brian Pendreigh - Radio Times
Worth seeing for a luminous performance by Felicity Jones, who's even more impressive than she was in Chalet Girl.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
[Jones] fulfils her promise as one of our most exciting talents in this wonderful little drama.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Apart from everything else, Like Crazy is a reminder of the awful fact that all choices are permanent, to some degree. Life cannot be rewound and done over. It's a grownup love story.
Finely acted and partly improvised, the picture captures nicely the highs and lows of first love. It's less fun but more truthful than a standard rom-com.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Wit, tenderness and outmanoeuvrings: that's what we get from a film setting out, with thoughtfulness and charm, to test the chestnut that true love is impervious to time and space.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
An unexpected and deeply moving tale of the fragility of young romance.
Paul Weedon - Little White Lies
Whether Like Crazy is a love story in tragic honest or not all, all depends on you rooting for Doremus's characters from the beginning.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Even though the wheels eventually come off, this is the film that will always be Birmingham-born actress Felicity Jones' calling card.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It's like being trapped in an improv workshop run by people who share too much on Facebook.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
The performances are fine, the scenery is pretty.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
With stellar turns, particularly from Jones, this is your Valentine's Day date sorted.
James Mottram - Total Film
The performances and the feeling of romantic yearning loom large and linger under the skin and in the heart.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
All that's left is this foolish idea that they're supposed to be together. It's like... they're crazy.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
The film takes the path of a formulaic romantic comedy, sans laughs, acting as though the story is compelling enough to pull us through.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
It was an easy film to enjoy for all the good things it presented.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Tells a thin and wispy story about shallow, underdeveloped characters about whom I had a lot of trouble caring.
Stephen Silver - Patch
A plastic game of love, craving displays of affected behavior over an honest deconstruction of devotion. The film is never genuine, feeling like an improvisation class project that lucked into a theatrical release.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A wonderful advertisement for the Canon EOS 7D camera, but also a reminder that so-called indie authenticity can be as phony as a million-dollar special effect.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Ethereal, sometimes exasperating - an impulsive, impressionistic romance.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
There are some innately human aspects to the film that transcend its other limitations and missteps.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Yelchin ("Star Trek") and Jones have a terrific, deep rapport on camera, and the result is that rare movie romance that feels organic and authentic, not the product of a screenwriter's imagination.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Like Crazy captures the rush of being young and in love and the inevitable glumness that arises when desire can't overcome real world obstacles.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
Three-quarters twee and one-quarter Glee, Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance ... proof positive that even the film festivals can be as misguided in their selections as the notorious Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Like Crazy is the rare example of an "ordinary love story" drama that works.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Although it certainly has an interesting premise with its raw and honest look at a relationship put through the wringer, Doremus fails to make you care about his two lead characters.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
While it sometimes slips into annoying cliches, "Like Crazy's" simplicity and messy honesty keep it from sliding into B-grade melodrama.
Chris Foran - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Simple, subtle and disarmingly powerful.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
...a thin construction [that] manages to work more often than not.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
A slow, often sad tale that unfolds at its own pace, so the audience (at least those with patience) will feel like they're experiencing reality transpire, rather than being embraced by a movie.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
For a film with virtually no plot, little scripted dialogue, and only the most basic of character sketches, Like Crazy manages to say more about true love than even the grandest of classic love stories.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
Like Crazy is so intent on being untypical that it forsakes everything that a movie work, like a plot, meaningful dialogue and characters we care about. The only thing I got out of Doremus' movie is a solid argument for tighter immigration laws.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
The stage couldn't be more set for a crowd-pleasing weeper. Unfortunately, Like Crazy does not live up to its campaign.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
It is not pure joy, but instead authentic young love in a difficult situation. It's definitely worth seeing.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Awful in exactly the ways that indie films can be awful. All of them.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's likely to elicit a response of 'That's it?' after sitting through its 90-some minute runtime and especially with such award qualifications and related buzz surrounding it. (Parental Movie Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
There's no question that the actors and filmmakers have fashioned a compelling (if unformed) love story of a certain age -- which is not to be confused for a love story for the ages.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Doremus reminds us of what love felt like the first time - before our hearts were dented, dinged or all-out broken - when we could fall irrationally hard, with pure intentions, and no idea that it simply can't stay that way forever.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Doremus delivers a tightly focused film that's all the more impressive for being improvised.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's not exactly Casablanca, but times have changed.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The film is light and engaging: like a "Blue Valentine" that doesn't make you want to slice your head off.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
While the film is often quite moving, it's also at times frustrating; people in love, we realize, aren't always as fascinating to the rest of us as they are to each other.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Story about two young lovers whose patience, resilience, and trust are tested when they are separated for a long period of time.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Director and co-writer Drake Doremus does an excellent job at creating the casual, offhand feel of real interactions, while still managing to convey the heightened emotions of young love.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Drake Doremus, a maker of agreeable miniatures, takes another step forward.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Almost weirdly banal, a love story between two characters who don't really exist.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
[A] keenly observed, deeply felt portrait of a roller-coaster romance.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Jones and Yelchin make us care about them with a heartache reminiscent of all the heartaches we have experienced ourselves.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It's refreshing to see a film that doesn't overstay its welcome.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Belying its title, Like Crazy is a film not about the ferocity of love, but about its fragility.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Okay but not 'Crazy' enough
James Verniere - Boston Herald
A slow, thoughtful meditation on the waxing and waning of a love affair.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
[The characters] exist not as human beings but as a concept -- a dull, irritating, and broad concept.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
One of the biggest and most obnoxious loads of cloying crap to come along in a very long time.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Gooeyness aside, Doremus believably captures the twinkle and inadvertent stupidity of young love.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Beautifully romantic, frustratingly imperfect ... What we observe is words shared, looks exchanged and hearts melding, unaware of what it will take to keep them feeling whole.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A beautiful love story wrapped in a hasty, too-rigid structure. Who knows what an extra half-hour might have bought the filmmakers.
A romantic drama that makes other romantic films look obvious and calculated in comparison.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
I admired its attempt to re-create the out-of-control feeling of falling in love, complete with the awareness that other people might think you're ridiculous but that you don't care.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Jones is a revelation as the sophisticated, but humanly frail, Anna. Yelchin is also fine as Jacob, who prizes the tangible over the verbal.
- Boston Phoenix
This is a film that would rise or fall on its cast... and the filmmakers could not have chosen better than Anton Yelchin... and Felicity Jones... both hugely appealing but with just the right amount of tart edginess to keep them real...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A highlight of 2011 Sundance Film Fest, in its style, this intimate relationship portrait recalls some of the eraly works of the French New Wave, with a touch of Cassavetes.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The emotional honesty of Like Crazy, which is comparable to Richard Linklater's great Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, is far removed from most of what passes in these goony movie days as youthful romance.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Hollywood has given a black eye to the romantic comedy; romantic dramas are scarce. All the more reason to cheer Drake Doremus' fresh, vibrant film Like Crazy, which is anything but a conventional genre piece.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Moving look at the highs and lows of first grown-up love.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
It's the perfect film to force on a teenager after his or her first break-up, a lesson in How Not To Be In Love.
Dave White - Movies.com
It's just the small story of two young people trying hard to decide whether this is an infatuation worth growing past, or a real relationship worth growing into.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
This movie creates an emotional collage of those moments that eventually decide the fate of every couple. Sweet, subtle and perfectly acted, Like Crazy is easy to fall for.
Katherine Monk - Vancouver Sun
The acting, which looks improvised, is faultless; their natural, fearless performances will surely make stars of Yelchin and Jones.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
Good acting, good filmmaking, plus something elusive that most Sundance movies about romance lack: sincerity.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
"Like crazy" will appeal to teenage girls but no one else that I can think of will get it.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...college-aged Gen-Yers acting like they're in the throes of the first romance of fifteen year-olds.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Beautifully acted, and tender and evocative -- a closed-loop romance for those seeking uplift, and a melancholic rumination from adulthood for those who are so sure they know better.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Every time the two of them threaten to have a conversation, Doremus takes a page from Team America: World Police and goes all "You Need a Montage!"
Like Crazy is an art-house romance about the pain and challenges of a long-distance relationship, and watching the film is itself a grueling exercise in yearning.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
With a deliberately wistful style, this romantic drama never quite convinces us that its central couple is actually in love.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Like Crazy has moments of genuine heartbreak, like a late-night phone call that leads Jones to tearfully joke that she'll wait up and Yelchin should just stop by her place, half a globe away.
Alison Willmore - AV Club
Screen romance has become a saccharine affair; Like Crazy proves it's still possible to make a love story that's both genuinely sweet and bittersweet.
David Fear - Time Out
Steers clear of the broad banality typical of Hollywood romantic comedies
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
This indie gem explores with uncommon insight the eroding effects of long distance on love.
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
Captures the dizzying intoxication of that first serious relationship..and the queasy, mortifying pain that a first relationship can impart. This is a smart, touching film.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Like Crazy has a lively syntax and could, in an ungrateful mood, be tagged as slick. But Doremus gets the tempos right.
Credibly performed and rich with an understanding of the potential pitfalls that accompany such couplings, Like Crazy will strike a cord with anyone who's been lucky, or maybe unlucky enough, to meet someone settled elsewhere.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Engaging romantic drama with some effective directorial touches and a terrific pair of performances from Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
First World Problems: The Movie
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
while this elliptical, bleakly honest account of love's hangover years might not be ideal viewing on a first date, it offers uncomfortably familiar observations for anyone engaged in a relationship that is either long-distance, or just long-term.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
A fresh take on the potentially-doomed romance with a breakthrough performance from the lovely Felicity Jones and yet another strong turn from Anton Yelchin.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
[VIDEO] A surprisingly sweet and candid look at the problematic nature of young love, "Like Crazy" is a romantic showcase for Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's a film about how it feels to be in love; how beautiful, intense, addictive and debilitating love can be, but how necessary it is for us to experience as we get older and start sorting out our lives.
Erik Davis - Cinematical
Like Crazy moves in fits and starts, hitting a few grace notes along the way, but ending up unfulfilling.
Anthony Kaufman - Screen International
Deserves all the buzz it's getting at Sundance. This relationship study is raw, honest and brutal, yet beautiful.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Protagonists Jacob and Anna are no Romeo and Juliet, despite writer/director Drake Doremus' fraudulent but manful attempts to make them seem so -- at the end of the day, their problems could be solved by a plane ticket and less self-involvement.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
Like BLUE VALENTINE for college kids, and I don't mean that as a bad thing. Potentially a star-making role for Felicity Jones. LIKE CRAZY is an extremely likable film.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium