Like Crazy

Like Crazy

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. 3.1 out of 5 based on 18 reviews
Like Crazy

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Certificate
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Drake Doremus
Cast Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston Felicity Jones
Studio Paramount Pictures
Release Date January 2012
Running Time 89 mins
 

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

It can be a short step, with romcoms, from simple-hearted to simple-minded. Not every filmmaker is Eric Rohmer. But Like Crazy – never mind Rohmer – has at times a Godardian bite and fleetness. It tears off years like calendar pages. It does the puppy-passion phase with a single funny, innocent montage, shot from overhead, of serial sleep-together positions. Later it distils potentially syrupy scenes to single drops of poignancy.

26/01/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

This is what One Day should have been.

26/01/2012

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

In places, it teeters like a house of cards, all that flimsy, dizzily youthful feeling threatening to collapse in on itself. But it doesn’t. Doremus gently braves some bittersweet truths. Is it true love? Or is the reality less like the movies.

23/01/2012

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Total Film

James Mottram

This is your Valentine’s Day date sorted.

23/01/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Stands up as a rich, personal love story, but also as a piquant distillation of what the young go through when they leave college pumped full of hopes and fears, before deflating slowly into adult stability ... If you're older than Jones and Yelchin, you'll be simultaneously nostalgic and relieved that you're no longer living that life.

29/01/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

It would be a good date movie for a couple on the point of breaking up.

29/01/2012

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Channel 4 Film

Rebecca Davies

A 'rom' without the 'com', Like Crazy is at times an excruciatingly honest study of young love - and the rest of the time it's as patience-trying as the US visa application process.

27/01/2012

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The Sunday Times

Jonathan Dean

Like a Blue Valentine before babies, Drake Doremus’s film offers few surprises.

29/01/2012

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The Evening Standard

The Evening Standard

The ending [too] is unlike Hollywood and sends us home wondering what will become of the pair. That is one sign of a good movie which, if not exactly a masterpiece, at least involves us throughout.

27/01/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

The director, Drake Doremus, who also co-wrote the film, has a weakness for fluffy little montage sequences ... Inevitably, this technique starts to wear a little thin, which is a pity because there are moments here, not least the bittersweet final chapter, which are impeccably judged, eloquent and emotionally authentic.

27/01/2012

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Scotland on Sunday

Siobhan Synnot

Doremus has conceived this as a love story viewed through the incidental moments rather than crunch scenes, and the result is a series of aggressively improvised tepid conversations. Actually the most interesting people in the movie are Alex Kingston and Oliver Muirhead as Anna’s parents.

22/01/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

What halters the movie is its lack of drama – is a bureaucratic hurdle really enough to drive them apart? – and a needling suspicion that it's just the tiniest bit soppy. I really wanted to love it, though for most of the time I liked it well enough.

27/01/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Too light on plot to be a mega-hit, and a bit gloomy for my taste, but worth seeing for a luminous performance by Felicity Jones.

27/01/2012

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

A movie that is itself largely a conventional, wan affair, despite its art-cinema flourishes, like scenes that start and end in medias res.

27/11/2011

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Screen

Anthony Kaufman

Most crippled by the thinly drawn lead characters. While Jones’ Anna and Yelchin’s Jacob are pretty, the characterisations seem more fitting for a TV commercial than a feature-length drama.

23/01/2012

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Variety

Justin Chang

Tension dissipates every time the film cuts from Juan in Spain to Mia in Blighty. The kids spend so much time writing about Hollowface, it's hard not to feel they deserve whatever heebie-jeebies they get. Hollowface keeps showing up in Juan's bedroom, yet all he really does is hover, making him about as scary as a ceiling fan. He takes a slightly more aggressive tack with Mia, creeping out of her closet -- in a sequence that does deliver a gratifying frisson of terror

29/01/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

If drama is life with the dull bits cut out, this erroneously titled transatlantic indie romance seems intent on reinstating them in a misplaced bid for authenticity.

26/01/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Robbie Collin

Unfortunately, [Jones] makes Anna so irresistible that the plot contrivances keeping her and Jacob apart begin to look absurd. Jacob’s chair-design business is taking off in Santa Monica, but so what? Any young man forced to choose between Felicity and furniture would be on the first flight to Heathrow. After all, Britain needs things to sit on, too.

27/01/2012

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