Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens with middle-aged Dodge (Carell) and his wife Linda listening to the news on their car radio that an asteroid is headed for Earth in exactly 21 days.
Eric D. Snider
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is about exactly what it sounds like it's about. A 70-mile-wide asteroid is headed for Earth. There's no way to stop it. Our governments presumably tried all the stuff from "Armageddon" and it didn't work.
Lorene Scafaria’s “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is a manipulative mess that’s only slightly redeemed by yet-another engaging performance from one of the best actresses of her generation. Even the always-great Keira Knightley can’t hold...
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A modest little tale of the apocalypse, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World holds some touching scenes. It’s the end of the world, after all, so shouldn’t a tear or two be shed?
In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Steve Carell plays Dodge (note the name), a man who has gone through life as an emotionally-stunted cynic – which makes the announcement that the world is literally coming to end (due to an oncoming asteroid)
“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is a strange little movie. Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable...
Romance may not be the thing uppermost on your mind and your to-do list when planet earth is in its final days during 2012, but don't tell that to Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World writer/director Lorene Scafaria...
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a predictable, drawn-out romantic comedy that happens to be set in the shadow of impending apocalypse. Presumably the imminent asteroid-facilitated demise of the planet ups the stakes of the movie's central...
The unlikely romantic pairing of Keira Knightley and Steve Carell never starts to feel any more likely in the glaringly inauthentic Seeking A Friend for the End of the World, which uses the end of days as a quirky-cute backdrop for one last-chance...
In twenty-one days, a seventy-mile-wide asteroid will vaporize the Earth: no more putting off that bucket list. That’s the premise of the comedy-drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Writer-director Lorene Scafaria has a strong starting...
Reel Film Reviews
Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World follows Steve Carell's Dodge as he attempts to cope with the impending apocalypse by embarking on a road trip with an off-kilter neighbor (Keira Knightley's Penny).
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD is a difficult film to classify. It doesn’t help that it’s saddled with an odd title. Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising since it marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria...
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is about everyman Dodge (Steve Carrell) coping with the fact that his wife just left him and also the slight inconvenience of the fact that the world is going to end in four weeks. Dodgeʼs friends pressure...
The first few moments of "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" suggest this Earth-ending story is going to be a dark look at humanity when the entire population knows there's only three weeks left to live.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World begins where Armageddon ends, a darker version of the Michael Bay film where the shuttle is destroyed by the careening asteroid and only three weeks remain before impact. But Lorene Scafaria’s film tells a more...
Mark Reviews Movies
About half of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World embraces the pessimism that could, would, and, well, probably should accompany the prospect of facing an event that will, without any doubt, wipe out every human being on the planet.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a hugely enjoyable, brilliantly acted comedy-drama that's simultaneously thought provoking, laugh-out-loud funny and powerfully moving. Highly recommended.
SEEKING A Friend For The End Of The World is a rather dreary and unconvincing relationship drama that could be pitched as Lost In Translation meets Deep Impact.
Little White Lies
One of those genre hybrids that must have sounded bold, exciting, even revolutionary when it was being pitched, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a film that wonders aloud whether a meteor on course to destroy the earth can make a lilting...
A giant asteroid dubbed Matilda speeds towards Earth in writer/director Lorene Scafaria's new film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. There are just 21 days before the collision, but that's still plenty of time for some deep soul-searching from...
Yes, it's the end of days, something about an asteroid hurtling toward Earth. In three weeks, boom, it's over. No second chance. Steve Carell plays Dodge, an insurance exec whose wife dumps him for a last fling at life. Unlike his wife and horny buddy...
When and if 2013 arrives, Hollywood will sure have egg on its face. All these apocalyptic forecasters and no apocalypse. Not that weather reports usually pan out.
The end of the world has become quite prominent in recent movies ranging from Roland Emmerich's "2012" to Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," and first-time director Lorene Scafaria, who previously adapted "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" for the...
Susan Granger Entertainment Commentaries
As a 70-mile wide asteroid catapults toward Earth and all attempts to divert it have failed, people are confused about how to spend their final days. Many intoxicate themselves into oblivion. Others riot in the streets.
The A.V. Club
Within the last year, two films—Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Abel Ferrara’s 4:44 Last Day On Earth—speculated about the looming apocalypse, but from the fixed perspective of two or three characters with limited access to the outside world.
St. Petersburg Times
The end is near. Maybe not the way people wearing sandwich boards promised, but it's coming. An asteroid is 21 days away from striking Earth and ending civilization as we know it.
Steve Carrell wears an expression of melancholic shell-shock. Keira Knightley wears an army jacket, lilac sundress and oversized men's jumper. The pair are taking a road trip across America. Carrell makes speeches about having wasted his life.
IF YOU WERE a young woman with Keira Knightley's looks and charm, you might think you wouldn't date Steve Carell even if he were the last man on Earth.
One of the nerviest dramas of the season can be mistaken for a soft, sentimental story about a lonely middle-aged sad sack whose encounter with a quirky younger woman inspires him to make amends with his past and face the future with new serenity.
"This is the way the world ends," poet T.S. Eliot wrote. "Not with a bang but a whimper."
New York Post
Given the flood of apocalyptic films inspired by the arrival of 2012 — the Mayans’ predicted end of days — it was pretty much inevitable someone would try to give the subject a comic twist.
So much of the drama we respond to, from the heart, depicts ordinary flawed women and men navigating serious adversity or breaking through a wall of grief. And they are improved; their lives, their futures, are more connected and whole than before.
Big Picture Big Sound
The premise, the impending end of the world due to asteroid, lends itself to the inevitable scenes of fireballs smashing through major landmarks, but what "Seeking a Friend..." focuses on instead is the smaller destruction that happens to an average...
Monsters and Critics
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley light up the screen in this decidedly positive take on the end of Mother Earth. Carell reprises his “Office” role as Dodge, an insurance salesman. A brick in the wall of America’s financial security...
Cinema has long been fascinated with Armageddon, but with technology advancing ever forward, many movies about the end of the Earth overlook true human emotion in favor of big explosions, big gestures, and big box office.
Someone could write a compelling thesis about humanity's obsession with the apocalypse. Over the years, the cinema has exploited this affinity, most often in disaster movies. Lately, however, there has been a trend toward end-of-the-world films that...
This is an icky romance based on the notion that Earth is about to be hit by a large asteroid which will extinguish all mankind in three weeks’ time.
A decidedly human respite from all the superhero action. Perhaps not as funny or affecting as you’d hope, but Carell and Knightley make for good company for the darkest days.
The Guardian UK
You will have had handfuls of wet sand in your swimsuit less irritating than this supremely irritating romantic dramedy. The end of the world is nigh, on account of an approaching asteroid, and lonely and quirkily humorous Steve Carell hooks up with lonel
The end of the world has been talked about and debated on for centuries, with most recent speculation centring around how it could very well be at the end of this year, coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar.
Science Fiction Flim
It doesn’t help that it’s saddled with an odd title. Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising since it marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria, best known for a similarly offbeat film with a weird title, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.
Some people are throwing themselves off buildings; others are ticking off bucket lists or shagging as many strangers as they can.
What would you do if the world was going to end in 21 days? Carry on as normal? Go out with a sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll binge? Watch Green Lantern until your brain melted?
Time Out London
A witty, clever, touching movie about the end of the world – who’d have thought it? Canadian filmmaker Don McKellar, that’s who, since his 1999 movie ‘Last Night’ ticked all the boxes left unchecked by this latest pre-apocalyptic twist on a tired...
Shadows on the Wall
There's a whiff of wilful quirkiness about this apocalyptic comedy-drama, but as the brittle humour quietly transforms into something remarkably emotional, the film gets under our skin in ways we never expect.
Would you try to carry out all your unfulfilled dreams, or rush to be with loved ones? Would you start rioting and looting, tell people what you really think of them, take heroin, or perhaps hire a hitman to finish you off early?
Intelligence and subtle wit inform debut director Lorene Scafaria's heartfelt look at unlikely romance blossoming in the shadow of Earth's obliteration by a giant asteroid. As the final countdown begins, the ensuing chaos throws together Steve Carell...