Me Without You
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The joys and horrors of female friendship are explored in writer/director Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You. Bold, brash, and fashionable Marina (played by Anna Popplewell as a child, and Anna Friel as a teen and adult) comes from a broken home. Her mother, Linda (Trudie Styler, who executive produced Guy Ritchie's first two films, and is also Sting's wife) is a hip young divorcée who apologizes every time she yells at her children. Holly (Ella Jones as a child, Michelle Williams of Dawson's Creek and Dick as a teen and adult) is a timid bookworm, mildly ashamed of her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although the film deserves some points for trying to describe the intensity of best-friendship between girls, it fails to make them interesting people."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A well-made and often lovely depiction of the mysteries of friendship."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It is always disappointing to me when I want to fall desperately in love with a film and can't."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"The story and the friendship proceeds in such a way that you're watching a soap opera rather than a chronicle of the ups and downs that accompany lifelong friendships."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Taken seriously, it's not much to think about, but taken as a dirtier version of other girlie films ... it's at least entertaining and sexy fun."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"Feels like a late-baby-boomer family album."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Goldbacher draws on an elegant visual sense and a talent for easy, seductive pacing ... but she and writing partner Laurence Coriat don't manage an equally assured narrative coinage."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"finely crafted, finely written, exquisitely performed"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Michelle Williams really proves herself here. She's terrific in what could become her breakout role from television's Dawson's Creek."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"As watchable as the film is throughout its first half, the plotting becomes more and more like a soap opera, and neither character is all that interesting."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Both illuminating and dispiriting."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"You can't ignore the film's pungency as a cultural document and as a heartfelt testimony to the power struggles of best mates."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A journey spanning nearly three decades of bittersweet camaraderie and history, in which we feel that we truly know what makes Holly and Marina tick, and our hearts go out to them as both continue to negotiate their imperfect, love-hate relationship."
‑ KJ Doughton, Film Threat
"Love. Lust. Recrimination. Jealousy. Resolution. This British female friendship melodrama has them all."
‑ , Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Mostly, [Goldbacher] just lets her complicated characters be unruly, confusing and, through it all, human."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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