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Never Let Me Go

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United Kingdom, United States

2010

Rated R • 1h 44m

Director Mark Romanek

Starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling

Genre Drama, Romance, Science Fiction

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As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for the haunting reality awaiting them.

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58

Entertainment Weekly by

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.
80

Village Voice by J. Hoberman

The surface blandness does not efface, and might even amplify, its disturbing qualities. Never Let Me Go is not a movie about death but, more painfully, about the consciousness of death.
40

Time Out by Keith Uhlich

The stylistic conceit of keeping us entirely with the clones (so that we are as ill-informed as they are and never get to meet their powerful oppressors) only reveals what an empty-headed abstraction this tale was from both page and frame one
50

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Alas, what's missing is the spark of life, the jolt of the unexpected - something beyond tears - to puncture the falseness of a film world, which, by its insistence on its own beauty, obscures the tragedy that the three characters, by their nature, cannot express.
90

Boxoffice Magazine by Pam Grady

The drama boasts a stellar cast, exquisite performances and a tense atmosphere. It is a film that the author's fans and lovers of mature, measured storytelling will embrace.
50

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.
60

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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