90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Tender, humane, and searing, How I Live Now stands as something all too rare: a movie about young people that young people may love — but not one that lies to them, and not one built for them alone.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
How I Live Now takes some frightening, gruesome turns. In tone and terror, it comes close to matching the jumpy dread of Danny Boyle's British Isles virus thriller "28 Days Later."
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75

The Playlist

Macdonald’s unique direction and Ronan’s jittery performance makes the film a worthy watch
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
In a movie without adults, the children are spontaneous and natural. And Ms. Ronan is captivating throughout.
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75

RogerEbert.com

It's strong stuff, and the actors are fully up to it.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Set in England, the dystopic “Brazil” and “28 Days Later” both ended with pastoral idylls for adult couples. How I Live Now offers adolescents a lovely vision of holistic healing in the same countryside.
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
Wisely sticks to its protagonist’s p.o.v. while avoiding a longer view of the calamitous events around her, making up in emotional immediacy what it lacks in broad dramatic sweep.
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65

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Because it serves up Armageddon with a side order of teen romance, How I Live Now is not always credible. But as a portrait of a surly 16-year-old whose internal crisis is overtaken by an external one, the movie is persuasive.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The film stumbles into a cross-country odyssey that dominates its last third. That is fascinating, but not properly set up, much like the film itself. How I Live Now skips over the “How,” loses itself in the “I” and never lets the pathos of “Live Now” pay off.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
How I Live Now goes to that nuclear nightmare, and Ronan, who can’t hide her smarts even when the role isn’t as good as the one she had in "Atonement," makes a feast of the journey.
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57 out of 100
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