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Like Crazy

drama, romance


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

ON for kids age 15
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Moving look at the highs and lows of first grown-up love.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a beautiful love story about two twentysomethings who meet in college but soon have to navigate a relationship separated by oceans and diverging life paths. Couples are shown (bare shoulders, kissing) and heard (some moans) in intimate moments, but there's no graphic nudity; the movie seems more interested in the feelings between the lovers: how they grow, confuse, distance. There's also some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and mature themes (infidelity and some tricky immigration muck-ups, for instance), as well as a fair amount of social drinking. Characters do discuss cutting back on alcohol, and there's a talk about safe sex.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Anna's and Jacob's relationship. Is it a healthy one? How does it change over the course of a movie? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values when it comes to sex and relationships.
  • How does the movie depict sex? What about drinking? Are there realistic consequences for both?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    73%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Like Crazy reviews
  • Audience

    61%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A serious, deeply felt romance for an audience Hollywood most often bombards with raunchy sex comedies and video-game adaptations.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, November 4, 2011

Fresh: What could have come off as stilted and artificial is instead genuine and natural.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rotten: Those seeking a fresh take on romance will find Like Crazy almost existentially tepid.

- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Friday, November 4, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Anna: I just have to say one thing and it's really important that you just listen to me. I just... It doesn't feel like this, this thing is gonna go away, it's always there. I can't... I can't get on with my life. "I want you. I need you. I love you. I miss you." Like Crazy is a nice little love story with two solid performances from Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. Overall the movie was a nice mixture of happiness and sadness. The problem with this movie lies in the pacing and development. A lot of the material feels rushed through, and the movie comes in at what seems like a brisk hour and a half. These problems aren't enough to completely destroy the film, but they are problems that detract from an otherwise well made movie. Jacob and Anna meet and fall in love, but when Anna overstays her visa; she isn't allowed back into the country. This is a quiet and very emotion fueled film. A lot of the emotion comes from the good performances from Yelchin and Jones. Their performances have a lot of feeling in them and it makes the movies relationship appear impossibly strong. The film has that independent feeling all over it. It's shot well and there's some nice, if somewhat gimmicky, editing tricks. I liked the movie for how scenes were shot though. I also really enjoyed how time was passed onscreen. There was no need for words to tell us how long it had been. We were always able to have a good sense of where the relationship was at. The movie definitely isn't without its problems, but overall it's a worthwhile film. Nothing about it is all that impressive, but nothing about it is bad either. It's a movie that exists to remind everyone about the beauty of falling in love and how one couple copes with not being able to be together. The movie will mean more to those who have had similar relationships, but the beauty should be able to be seen by everyone. Even if that beauty makes 50% of us puke.

- blkbomb, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

3 stars

Like Crazy is a beautiful film with powerful, emotionally affecting performances from Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, as well as Jennifer Lawrence. The film's schmaltziness is familiar, and the plot would make it seem like we've seen it all before. There are also some big holes in the plot where things were not explained well at all, which made it confusing and bewildering at times. But the characters are able to truly express themselves here, and we get to know these people. We know who they are beyond dialogue, and it becomes very intimate and involving. If for nothing else, see it for the acting and the intimacy which is often lacking in these sorts of films.

- fb701560354, Saturday, October 20, 2012

2 stars

A little too many pregnant pauses filled with subtext. They were cute kids, though

- Julie, Sunday, July 15, 2012