• Released
  • November 8, 2013
  • R , 1 hr 41 min
  • Drama
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How I Live Now Synopsis
Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For for violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Dark war drama depicts teen love, realistic violence.
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