Never Let Me Go Synopsis
Three friends, who grew up at a seemingly idyllic boarding school, face a haunting reality.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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I am a fan of subtle,understated.....

By lovestalentmoviefan
...drama and acting,as well as the non-traditional film. This was unacceptable.For such an array of possible talent,there was no real acting whatsoever. Mulligans tears and Garfields one display of...

Lots of Emotion, not alot of substance

By yoblack
Great acting and emotional content, but really, the story was rather weak. Yes it was sad and all that, but there have been many stories told about slavery and bondage-like human conditions. This...

Five Word Review

By ohnoyoudidnt
slightly science fiction can't wait...


By Lonestar149
Never Let Me Go is powerful, painful, disturbing, and remarkable. It continues to haunt me the day after seeing it. I am having difficulty understanding the fans' negative reviews except that perhaps...

Five Word Review

By movie_wacko
depressing disturbing awful grim traumatic...

If you read the book...

By orndorff
Then I think you will really enjoy this movie. I read the book a few years ago, and found the casting, setting, and plot points accurate and consistent with it. I really enjoyed Carrie Mulligan in...

Nostalgic Romantic Journey

By Sheltiemomm
Andrew Garfield is a name you will be seeing, hearing and lauding for many decades. I didn't know he would be in this movie; what a lovely surprise! Great story of three young people, in the late...

Five Word Review

By cyuhas
beautiful sad interesting amazing touching...

Never Let Me Go

By brits3
The movie was very compelling and touching, extremely well acted - I enjoyed it. One aspect bothered me - apart from the need to record there whereabouts by swiping their wrists on the readers -...

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By lnbee
chilling thought-provoking intriguing disturbing well-paced...

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Rated R | For sexuality and nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Young people ponder sex, love, life in downer sci-fi drama.
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