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280 Ratings

How I Live Now

Directed by Kevin Macdonald
United Kingdom, 2013


Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) stars in this adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s award-winning near-future novel about an American teenager sent to live with her family in Britain on the eve of the Third World War, directed by Kevin McDonald (The Last King of Scotland).

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How I Live Now Directed by Kevin Macdonald

Awards & Festivals

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Young British Performer of the Year

British Independent Film Awards

2013 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

How I Live Now, in its own quiet way, works beautifully and admirably against [the dystopian future] trend, pervasive as its gloom might be, in suggesting that the sanctity of human relationships can create a barrier between the self and the crumbling world.
November 20, 2013
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Aside from this unsettling and endemic property of young-adult fiction, How I Live Now is by some measure the best of the recent cinematic work in the genre, and if it ultimately obfuscates the freer possibilities of love in favor of an older author’s regressiveness, the film at least presents a credible version of that love’s beginning, which is more than can be said for most of these movies.
November 12, 2013
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The fact that [Macdonald’s] latest film, “How I Live Now,” adapted from a novel by Meg Rosoff, is about a band of teens and children in the British countryside trying to stay alive after London gets hit by a nuclear explosion bodes well for the quality of the film. And indeed, for much of its running time the movie is grab-you-by-the-back-of-the-neck immediate; in its last third particularly, the bite-your-lip moments of suspense and tension mount to the extent that you may well draw blood.
November 08, 2013
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