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This is a good movie, from a masterful novel.
The melancholy attached to the impermanence of life and love suffuses this film, making it memorably haunting and hypnotic.
A beautifully mopey adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's much-praised novel.
Despite its fanciful premise, Never Let Me Go looks and feels utterly real.
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.
A film more moving than most but not as devastating as it should be.
Knightley has the least screen time of the three, and her Ruth never registers as much more than a self-serving menace.
Wall Street Journal
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.
Expertly acted, impeccably photographed, intelligently written, even intermittently touching, the film is also too parched and ponderous to connect with a large audience.
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.
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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