Parents' Guide to

Never Let Me Go

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Young people ponder sex, love, life in downer sci-fi drama.

Movie R 2010 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Sad and beautiful film about life, love, and death - thought provoking!

Beautifully shot and believably acted by the three principles. This is certainly not a family film or film you watch to "enjoy." It's cathartic and deals with death, the meaning of life, the importance of living no matter how short your life might be. I'd say there is little here to worry about being offended by (some mild sex stuff) but 16+ for the sake of the subject matter which is heavy in implication. Be prepared to have a sit-down with your kids or class afterwards to talk about their take. Worth watching!
age 16+

Disturbing movie

Very sad and disturbing movie. Kids raised solely for the purpose of organ donation. Adults care very little about them. Messages are not positive.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (7):

Based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and directed by celebrated former music video maker Mark Romanek, this film is meticulously made and never less than interesting. It develops and sustains a specific, eerily effective mood that's hard to describe; it's somewhat dystopian but also somewhat like an alternate reality.

The three stars are captivating and charismatic, but that may not be enough to provide a real emotional connection in the movie's chilly, thoroughly depressing atmosphere. The overall science fiction idea hangs over the entire film like a dark cloud; it has no beginning or ending or center, and it's unchanging. Although the movie's ultimate point is to appreciate what little we're actually given (and also to value the real meaning of being human), it leaves little room for hope.

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