Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go (2010)

"Never Let Me Go" is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of the same name. Kathy, Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but they are… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Pretty, empty, and immediately forgettable.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Never Let Me Go, director Mark Romanek's introspective adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, is a work of subtle beauty -- a melancholy meditation on the finality of life and the choices we make as our time shortens.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The script could have done better to translate the concept. It works as a big picture concept, but doesn't get the treatment it deserves here.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Never Let Me Go is strangely moving and mournful, but I wish more had been made of the beauty these people are relinquishing, if only as a counterweight to all that artful drear.

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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

It is gorgeous and sad.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The emotional impact creeps up on the reader only gradually. Then, bam, it hits forcefully, memorably, and, yes, never lets us go.

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Peg Aloi

What makes this film so haunting is not simply its frightening take on our near future (treating as if it's the recent past): it's also in the film's gorgeous photography and dreamy music.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Excellent acting takes you on a journey into a world that could easily be . . dark, haunting, and very heartbreaking story of coming to age knowing what will be… More
Wildaly M
I can understand that the message the film gives is pretty awesome. However, I couldn't really connect with the movie as much as I wanted to. I felt most… More
Carlos Magalhães
This melancholy and depressing film adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian sci-fi novel tells an achingly sad story that eschews any easy preaching and… More
Candy Rose
Great cast. Three friends grow up in an institute where they are future organ donors. Similar story to the island.
Kevin M. Williams
A sad tone poem about the lives of clones developed purely to harvest their body parts. Can't say more than that, can one? But I'll try. Good… More
Jason Robinson
Not quite as haunting as the book, but it comes close. Love Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield in just about everything they do.