Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. Set in a too-near future, the movie… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 22, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tender, charming, and well-acted, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is unfortunately hamstrung by jarring tonal shifts and a disappointing final act.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Though it's clear we're meant to be moved by the big finale, the sight of these two together is so unsettling it's hard not to start rooting for the asteroid.

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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic

The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings.

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J. Olson

Carell could have given the performance of his life (he doesn't), and the film would have remained a cliché-ridden mess with a narrative built on convenience and coincidence.

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Richard Roeper

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A movie that may be, in its own small, weird way, the most bizarrely bittersweet and oddly beautiful romance you've seen in quite awhile.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

There's an entire world out there that's about to end, and this movie zooms in on the two least interesting people in it.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Carell possesses a knack for these comedic-tinged dramatic parts, subtly layering on the pathos while slyly exploiting his character's vulnerability.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" follows the exact title all the way through. At it's core, this film is essentially about a planet… More
Daniel Perry
It's a movie about the end of the world that, for about two-thirds in the middle, seems to forget the world is ending... the stakes evaporate and… More
Carlos Magalhães
This movie should not be sold as a comedy, for it is actually the most depressive movie of the year, and the problem lies in fact in its abrupt shifts in tone… More
Spencer S.
There is something decidedly cheeky and gut wrenchingly depressing about this film, but you wouldn't know it from the start or for much of this film. The… More
Kevin M. Williams
This is the second romance-at-the-end-of-the-world film I've seen in as many days (Perfect Sense was the other) and is the lesser of the two in what might… More
Cynthia S.
Slow. Few chuckle moments. However, I was charmed by the end...