Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The melancholy attached to the impermanence of life and love suffuses this film, making it memorably haunting and hypnotic.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A beautifully mopey adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's much-praised novel.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
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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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A film more moving than most but not as devastating as it should be.
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Knightley has the least screen time of the three, and her Ruth never registers as much more than a self-serving menace.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Amazingly, Never Let Me Go could have been assembled from the Merchant-Ivory kit. It's stale with suppressed anguish.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Expertly acted, impeccably photographed, intelligently written, even intermittently touching, the film is also too parched and ponderous to connect with a large audience.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
For its delicate tone, provocative themes, impeccable craftsmanship and superb performances-by Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley-Never Let Me Go earned my great admiration. I wish I'd been affected in equal measure, but I wasn't, and it's not the sort of film you can will yourself to enjoy.
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Entertainment Weekly

It's a very tony fantasy of class oppression and fascist medical exploitation (themes that may speak louder in England), but it's a lyrically inert movie.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Just as its characters need a reason to live, Go needs a reason for audiences to watch. Neither find much satisfaction.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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