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Never Let Me Go (2010)

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Critic Consensus: With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers.

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"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.

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Cast

Sally Hawkins
as Miss Lucy
Charlie Rowe
as Young Tommy
Ella Purnell
as Young Ruth
Kate Bowes Renna
as Miss Geraldine
David Sterne
as Keffers
Huggy Leaver
as Delivery Man 1
Charles Cork
as Delivery Man 2
Sylvie MacDonald
as Bumper Crop Girl
Kate Sissons
as Sitcom Girl
Amy Lennox
as Sitcom Girl
John Gillespie
as Male Office Worker
Rachel Boss
as Female Office Worker
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Critic Reviews for Never Let Me Go

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (42)

The lack of dramatic tension means it's difficult to emotionally connect with the central characters and their dilemma.

May 14, 2018

Director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) gives the slow-burning adult drama a nostalgic, almost lyrical glow where hope and acceptance override any impulse to rebel or even question.

March 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Real men will see this and weep, as I did. It is one of the most moving and profound films in a long time.

March 30, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Deeply moving.

February 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I am told by Ishiguro fans that only stone-hearted people fail to weep at the tale's outcome on the page. The film, by its form's nature, puts too much reality before us.

February 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Pretty, empty, and immediately forgettable.

February 9, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Never Let Me Go

This melancholy and depressing film adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian sci-fi novel tells an achingly sad story that eschews any easy preaching and offers a delicate meditation on time and the transience of life, with very intense performances by its main trio.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A sad tone poem about the lives of clones developed purely to harvest their body parts. Can't say more than that, can one? But I'll try. Good performances, solid production values and yet ... the whole movie's like getting a bowl of hot, melted ice cream at your dearly beloved grandmother's funeral. Like taking a group of puppies to the animal shelter. Like being the only one to work on Christmas Day and finding you have to do a double cause yer relief's not coming in. You get it. I kept asking myself: " How long can this go on?"

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I can understand that the message the film gives is pretty awesome. However, I couldn't really connect with the movie as much as I wanted to. I felt most of it was forced and too dour to be relatable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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