Like Crazy

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
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  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 3, 2011
    100
    The actors keep their clothes on, but everything else is naked in Like Crazy, a romantic drama that makes other romantic films look obvious and calculated in comparison.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 29, 2011
    100
    A semi-improvised, microbudget marvel with a range of feeling that shames most big-budget star-driven movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 27, 2011
    100
    Doremus' elegant filmmaking is key to the appeal of the film, but it would never work as superbly without the wonderfully natural, believable performances and powerful chemistry of the lead actors.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 26, 2011
    91
    Like Crazy tells the truth, simply: Love is thrilling. And - just because of the way life happens - sometimes love hurts.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Oct 22, 2011
    90
    An exquisite, beautifully acted gem of a film, one that should serve as a prelude to bigger things for stars Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, as well as director Drake Doremus.
  6. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Nov 11, 2011
    88
    A beautifully realized drama that gets to the essence of what it's like to be young, confused and in love.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 27, 2011
    88
    Jones is a marvel. Sundance couldn't get enough of her. You won't, either. Her performance grabs hold and won't let go.
  8. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Nov 10, 2011
    83
    There's plenty of freshness and skill here, both in front of the camera and behind it.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 22, 2011
    83
    In Sundance terms, Like Crazy qualifies as this year's "Blue Valentine," but it's more observational about the details of a doomed relationship than relentlessly bleak like the aforementioned Derek Cianfrance movie.
  10. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    Jan 30, 2012
    80
    Felicity Jones shines in Drake Doremus' deceptively simple romance, a refreshing take on an age-old dilemma.
  11. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Nov 3, 2011
    80
    This indie drama starts off as a sexy little date movie, but once the lovers have been separated it grows steadily more complicated and mature.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Oct 31, 2011
    80
    Like Crazy is a cinematic love potion and you leave it feeling bewitched.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 27, 2011
    80
    Like Crazy develops slowly, and threatens at first to be just another movie about beautiful young people in the Age of Fraught Relationships. It's much more than that, though. Without belaboring any issues, it speaks volumes about fear of commitment.
  14. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 27, 2011
    80
    If you are experienced enough to understand love's fragility but still romantic enough to embrace its power, Like Crazy will put you away.
  15. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 25, 2011
    80
    Like Crazy proves it's still possible to make a love story that's both genuinely sweet and bittersweet.
  16. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Nov 16, 2011
    75
    Yelchin doesn't generate the same warmth or passion that Jones does. That is partly by design, as this whole affair was her idea, after all.
  17. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 3, 2011
    75
    After all, Like Crazy seems to say, haven't we all been there? Didn't it hurt? And wasn't it grand?
  18. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 3, 2011
    75
    It's entirely possible, maybe even inevitable, that Like Crazy will win over a good many moviegoers despite its bouts of semipreciousness. In the end, I was one of them.
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 2, 2011
    75
    Like Crazy is a well-made film. The scenes showing Jacob and Anna falling in love have a freshness, and I learn Doremus handed his actors an outline and together they improvised every scene. Some of the whispered endearments under the sheets are delightful.
  20. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 25, 2011
    75
    Unlike most alleged Hollywood rom-coms, Like Crazy is delicate, uplifting and definitely worth investigating.
  21. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Oct 22, 2011
    75
    Yelchin and Jones are up to the challenge of suggesting much by doing little.
  22. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 10, 2011
    70
    Intense people behave in intense fashion, and that's that. No guns, no bombs, no noises louder than an argument or a father who likes to drink.
  23. 70
    Like Crazy has a lively syntax and could, in an ungrateful mood, be tagged as slick. But Doremus gets the tempos right.
  24. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 22, 2011
    70
    Deeply felt first-love tale offers convincing performances and a fine-tuned storytelling sensibility.
  25. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 9, 2011
    67
    There's no question that the actors and filmmakers have fashioned a compelling (if unformed) love story of a certain age – which is not to be confused for a love story for the ages.
  26. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 26, 2011
    67
    By the film's latter half, we're left not hoping its lovers will find a way to be together, but longing for them to get over each other and move on.
  27. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 3, 2011
    63
    Although Like Crazy contains some emotionally on-target scenes, the movie as a whole feels glum and artificial. The characters, especially the male lead, are so low key that they're frustrating to watch.
  28. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 3, 2011
    63
    Like Crazy gets the evanescence of young passion right - the way it ultimately has to burn off, leaving us standing in an unfamiliar adult world. But it never convinces us of the fire itself.
  29. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 28, 2011
    63
    It's sort of like last year's "Blue Valentine" on Prozac -- the giddy highs and the despairing lows are muted, and a well-known side effect of that antidepressant pops up, too: Palpable lust is all but nonexistent.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Agreed that Anton Yelchin was excellent in Like Crazy but if you want to see a really breakout performance by him you should watch The BeaverAgreed that Anton Yelchin was excellent in Like Crazy but if you want to see a really breakout performance by him you should watch The Beaver in which he plays Mel Gibson's son. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lBGKKhx2Lo Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    5
    Early word from Sundance last January pegged Like Crazy as this years Blue Valentine largely due to its non-conventional and realisticEarly word from Sundance last January pegged Like Crazy as this years Blue Valentine largely due to its non-conventional and realistic approach at depicting on screen romance. While it's become refreshing to see film work against convention, Like Crazy struggles to maintain a convincing narrative which makes it hard to empathize with these characters. The film isn't without its charm. Felicity Jones shines throughout and is strong enough to recommend on that basis alone. I can't help but feel if the film was at the helm of a different director that it would of translated better on screen and created a stronger emotional impact by its "open-ending" conclusion. Full Review »
  3. Dec 11, 2011
    0
    I'm getting to the gist of it. It was a horrible movie that just wouldn't end and when it did it was like a big giant middle finger. TheI'm getting to the gist of it. It was a horrible movie that just wouldn't end and when it did it was like a big giant middle finger. The first 30 minutes was beautiful and then it became a repetitive cycle of awkward, stupid, and mind numbing. This movie was anything but awe-inspiring. If you decide to watch it despite warnings at least buy a big bucket of popcorn... you'll need it. Full Review »