Now Is Good
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Tessa is seventeen and passionate about life. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, she determines to use every moment, compiling a catalogue of what a normal teenager would experience, including losing her virginity and taking drugs. With the help of her friend Zoey, she sets the list in motion. While her family deals with fear and grief, each in their own way, Tessa explores a whole new world. Falling in love with Adam, her new neighbour, wasn't on the list, but it proves to be the most exhilarating experience of them all.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hellbent on inspiring a rush of wind-beneath-my-wings, life-affirming feeling."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Surprisingly harsh when it comes to the dented appeal of its lead character, the movie is a predictable drag, attempting to cozy up to its young adult literary origins in a decidedly tuneless fashion."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The problem isn't so much that Now Is Good will reduce its teenage target audience to public sniveling, but that it does so by pushing the most obvious and most sentimental buttons repeatedly, relentlessly and somewhat extravagantly."
‑ Mary Clare Waireri, Fan The Fire
"Is Now Is Good a great film? Almost certainly not. But its effectiveness is frightening. Bring whole sheaves of tissues."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Presses the obvious buttons so hard that you feel totally manipulated."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"[Spikes] the Nicholas Sparks-style teen Love Story plot with refreshing flashes of sex, drugs and Ellie Goulding songs."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"There's nothing like a terminal illness for firing up a sappy romantic drama."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Fanning gives a truly impressive and memorable performance in this ... which will give Parker another dark horse in the running."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie, HeyUGuys
"Why is [Dakota Fanning] living onscreen the way that so few female protagonists get to live? Because she's dying. *sigh*"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Take a box of hankies."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Stunning tearjerker about teen cancer has mature themes."
‑ Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
"This latest directorial outing by Ol Parker has a veneer of cancer but it's the wish-fulfilment teenage romance at its heart that is most likely to appeal to its target audience."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Preteen girls will find this soppy romance unbearably romantic, but everyone else will struggle to sit through it"
‑ Rich Cline,
"I'm sorry to say, that despite Dakota Fanning's powerful dying performance, Now Is Good - is not a good movie. Unfortunately, it looks like a 90's daytime soap and pulls at the heart strings like Michael Bolton's mullet."
‑ Brian Henry Martin, UTV
"Teenage girls will be gushing like fire hydrants."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
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