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Never Let Me Go

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Mark Romanek

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About the Movie

In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. Kathy (Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan, An Education), Tommy (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) and Ruth (Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 174
  • Fresh: 122
  • Rotten: 52
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The lack of dramatic tension means it's difficult to emotionally connect with the central characters and their dilemma. – Kaleem Aftab, Independent (UK), May 14, 2018

Fresh: Although [the] film adaptation does indeed fall short of the brilliance of the source material (and will likely distance viewers even more than the book ever did), it manages to convey the novel's most important themes, and most affecting moments. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Oct 20, 2014

Fresh: It's also a film which affirms what is valuable about life. I think this film is a must-see. – Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National, Apr 1, 2011

Fresh: Though often moving at a glacial pace, this mood piece -- aptly described as a refined romantic drama with a cerebral sci-fi twist -- rarely stays in the same place for long. – Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia), Apr 1, 2011

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Customer Reviews


I read the book before seeing the movie. Yes, there were some parts that got switched around a little, but for the mist part it did a great job of interpreting the book. Loved the
film and really loved the cast.

Never let this beautiful, challenging, underrated film go

Kazuo Ishiguro's powerful novel, which TIME Magazine honored as the best of the decade, has become 2010's finest film. Set in an alternate version of England in which astonishing scientific achievements followed WWII, the film concerns three youths who forge their friendship at a secluded, "special" boarding school, Hailsham. A coming-of-age/romantic drama at heart, Never Let Me Go is also a thoughtful, understated science fiction film, à la Children of Men. Alex Garland's (Sunshine) adaptation of the Ishiguro novel is faithful and intelligent. He captures the Japanese-born British author's subtle unveiling of the plot; not much is SAID!, but a great deal is hinted or told-yet-not-told. Garland also honors Ishiguro's unique exploitation of language, including the oft-disturbing use of euphemisms to obscure brutal truths ("complete"). Mark Romanek's (One Hour Photo) direction reflects Ishiguro and Garland's words. Despite his status as an iconic music video director (he's collaborated with artists such as David Bowie, Jay-Z, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Red Hot Chili Peppers), there is no über-confident "flash" to be found here; the autumnal, muted color palette sets the tone. The visual style is beautiful, but never demands attention or distracts from the character arcs and themes. The cast is outstanding. Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley deliver multifaceted, tender performances, as do their child actor counterparts. Knightley's performance is a career best. Mulligan is sublime, projecting a quiet warmth as an introverted character who almost never lets her emotions show to their true extent. Similar to John Hillcoat's The Road, Never Let Me Go will alienate, confuse, and/or enrage certain moviegoers. Yes, this is a sad film. A devasting slice of dystopic melancholia which pulls no punches and pushes viewers to face uncomfortable concepts, including people's perception of death throughout their lives (from youthful ambivalence to anger and fear to resignation). However, this is also a romantic film, and a film made with incredible skill. And it is destined to inspire passionate post-viewing conversation. Recommended, of course.

Life is wonderful

First I want to say really love Carey Mulligan and Kiera Knightly they are amazing! And life is really wonderful! We all complete, but at least we can feel the pains. So keep everyday as the last day of our life you'll see how beautiful it is!