Three friends (Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley), who grew up at a seemingly idyllic boarding school, confront a haunting reality about their futures.
" Never Let Me Go, director Mark Romanek's introspective adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, is a work of subtle beauty -- a melancholy meditation on the finality of life and the choices we make as our time shortens. "
" Romanek does so many difficult things beautifully in this movie, which richly deserves the Oscar consideration it will surely receive. "
" Never Let Me Go would have made a serious error in ramping up contrived melodrama toward some sort of science-fiction showdown. This is a movie about empathy. "
" 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. "
" The combination of social anguish and dark chill in Never Let Me Go packs a quietly devastating punch. "
" Pretty, empty, and immediately forgettable. "
" I felt more connection to, and sympathy for, these characters in their far-fetched situation than I've felt for a lot of "normal" fictional people lately. "
" It may rob the film of drama, but Romanek has erred on the side of quality, crafting a beautifully cast and artfully rendered allegory of lost youth and trampled innocence. "
" The theme of Ishiguro's novel -- that we all construct delicate fictions to mask the dehumanization of modern life -- proves so elusive onscreen that by the last scene it has to be spelled out in a clumsy, didactic voice-over. "
" Never Let Me Go is strangely moving and mournful, but I wish more had been made of the beauty these people are relinquishing, if only as a counterweight to all that artful drear. "
" Oddly cold and detached, as if director Mark Romanek and screenwriter Alex Garland couldn't decide precisely how to interpret Kazuo Ishiguro's popular novel and so they just laid it out flat. And flat it feels. "
" Never Let Me Go is sci-fi for the Belle & Sebastian set. "
" Never Let Me Go is a touching, thoughtful, sublimely acted prestige drama based on a fantasy premise. "
" The film is a success. It works. Greatness eludes it, yes. But greatness eludes almost every film adaptation of a major novel, which we must remember when confronted by a good one. "
" Romanek, a highly respected music video director making his follow-up to One Hour Photo, has crafted a motion picture that is as visually impressive as it is emotionally distant. "
" The movie is a zombie art picture. And nothing in it takes hold of us emotionally. "
" The emotional impact creeps up on the reader only gradually. Then, bam, it hits forcefully, memorably, and, yes, never lets us go. "
" Never Let Me Go could have been assembled from the Merchant-Ivory kit. It's stale with suppressed anguish. "
" 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. "
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