Never Let Me Go Reviews

  • It's a very tony fantasy of class oppression and fascist medical exploitation (themes that may speak louder in England), but it's a lyrically inert movie.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Everything is in its place, including the overly tidied-up meaning.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • While the movie doesn't stoop to synopsizing its source material, we need some explanation why these kids aren't in a car and on the lam.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

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    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Never Let Me Go could have been assembled from the Merchant-Ivory kit. It's stale with suppressed anguish.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Pervaded by a cosmic wistfulness, the movie Never Let Me Go is melancholy where the novel is haunting.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Romanek does an extraordinary job translating Ishiguro's deliberate, almost excruciating pace onto the big screen: His images haunt us in much the same way the author's words do.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • For its delicate tone, provocative themes, impeccable craftsmanship and superb performances -- by Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley -- Never Let Me Go earned my great admiration.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The combination of social anguish and dark chill in Never Let Me Go packs a quietly devastating punch.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • It unfolds with the beautiful poisoned grace of a viper readying to strike. ... it haunts and hurts in equal measure.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • The movie is a zombie art picture. And nothing in it takes hold of us emotionally.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Never Let Me Go is sci-fi for the Belle & Sebastian set.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Never Let Me Go is a touching, thoughtful, sublimely acted prestige drama based on a fantasy premise.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • That rare find, a fragile little four-leaf clover of a movie that's emotionally devastating, yet all too easily trampled by cynics.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Science fiction movies don't come much more ponderous than the beautifully filmed Never Let Me Go, which reduces the debate over genetic engineering to a mild, moist romantic soap opera.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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