Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Reviews

  • In our summertime-movie world of aliens and superheroes who look all too familiar, Dodge and Penny look all the rarer in their precious humanity.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It seems downright unfair that billions of people have to die so that a middle-aged sad sack can cop a cuddle with a cute, younger bohemian neighbor.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • This is a romantic comedy for people who don't like rom-coms. There's no chance of a happy ending, but its tender mercies speak volumes.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable groove.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" struggles to find its voice.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • By turns bizarrely affectless and then prattlingly manic, much like its dual protagonists...

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

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

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ...Scafaria's skill here is not only in getting a wide pool of talented people to be in the film, but also in actually giving them something to do.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • It amounts to sort of a romanic comedy, although it makes no promises of providing a happy ending.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • What it doesn't have is a way of making sense of its comic and dramatic strains, together, in the same movie.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Lorene Scafaria, making her feature debut as writer-director, scores numerous laughs off the social dislocation that follows as people realize the apocalypse is imminent.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World offers the beats of a series of bad news / worse news jokes. This is not necessarily a good thing.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" has plenty of tonal problems -- given the concept, how could it not? -- but Carell's introspective, dryly funny performance is a consistent delight.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Scafaria has to work beneath the inevitable looming gloom or else chicken out, and that's a question that ultimately distracts from the characters' dramatic development.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • I liked "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," the notes it hit, the questions it asked. And if Scafaria is guilty of playing on emotions, at least she's good at it.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • After so many hellish apocalypse movies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is intelligent, dignified and emotionally satisfying.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • The end of the world can't come fast enough in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a disastrously dull take on the disaster-movie formula.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'' has its laughs, but pretty much every single one of them is in the trailer.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Bittersweet moments that remind us of the importance of family, questions of faith, the nature of forgiveness and facing mortality are handled deftly but the swings in mood are unsettling.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

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