Never Let Me Go

Release Date 11 Feb 2011 11 Jul 2011

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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

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Certificate: 12A


"Never Let Me Go" is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of the same name. Kathy, Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but they 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.

Keira Knightley | Carey Mulligan | Andrew Garfield | Charlotte Rampling | Sally Hawkins | Nathalie Richard | Andrea Riseborough | Ella Purnell | Hannah Sharp | Izzy Meikle-Small

Alex Garland | Kazuo Ishiguro

Andrew Macdonald | Allon Reich

Mark Romanek

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  • Currently 2/5 Stars. Critic Review

Like any boarding school refugees, Kathy (Mulligan), Tommy (Garfield) and Ruth (Knightley) are exceptionally close. And getting closer in the case of the first two – something the latter is determined to derail. But there’s a darker secret awaiting our cocooned trio that will have them questioning their very existence. And the reason for their existence.

THE VERDICT: Based on the eponymous 2005 by Kazuo Ishiguro, this is one dour little film. Sure, Knightley, Mulligan and Garfield are very much present and pretty much correct, but the future feels especially bleak here. And that’s not only because of the dystopian drama being played out, but the film’s tone itself gets bogged down in a special kind of pretentious and portentous misery.

Review by Paul Byrne 

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User Reviews

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.


    Oddly cold and detached, asif director Mark Romanek and screenwriter Alex Garland couldn't decide precisely howto interpret Kazuo Ishiguro's popular novel and so they just laid it out flat. And flat it feels.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Really good, if somewhat heavy at times drama that takes a wonderful premise and asks some very interesting questions. Carey Mulligan is wonderful in the lead role and conveys great empathy without ever having too much dialogue. A bit short though and could have used a little bit more depth that stops it from being an outstanding film.

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    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Never let me go is a fantastic film. I actually went in clueless to the story of it but it had me hooked. Its thought provoking. Even though its set in the past, it makes you think the way mankind is going. The scifi aspect to it is so discreet, the direction reminded me of Children Of Men. The performances are fantastic, even Knightley is watchable. Mulligan is a fantastic actress but Garfield steals this film. Looking forward to seeing more of him.

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    So haunting and beautiful. Loved it :)

    • Currently 5/5 Stars.


    Really well cast, Wonderfully paced and a great story. One of the best movies of the year!

    • Currently 5/5 Stars.


    Incredibly moving, perfectly sweet and lovely, yet harrowing all at the same time.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    A sad, beautiful, thought-provoking picture that works on many different levels.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Enjoyable movie. Great performances from the leads.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.


    decent movie helped large by great performances from carey mulligan and andrew garfield

    • Currently 1/5 Stars.


    Well what can I say about this movie apart from DEPRESSING!!!!! This film lacks any momentum, very poor storyline, makes me wonder why they bothered to make this movie! There is no up lifting part, it fails to connect with you or bring emotion - I thought I would need tissues to dry my tears, but nothing!! Dont waste your money - I wouldnt advise going to the cinema or renting this film I appreciate Carey Mulligan put in a good performance, but a great actor cant carry a terrible storyline!