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2012 2.5/5 IMDb 6.7/10 (87k) R SuperHD 100 minutes

As an asteroid hurtles toward Earth, a man sets out to reunite with his high school sweetheart. But a woman who tags along complicates things.

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Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, William Petersen, Gillian Jacobs, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt, Bob Stephenson, Rob Huebel, Amy Schumer, Martin Sheen Directed by Lorene Scafaria

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NYT Review: Apocalypse? Road Trip!

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is Lorene Scafaria’s sweet, whimsical and seriously misguided romp through end times. — A. O. Scott Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year.

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, 2012-06-26

 

This is an exceedingly promising directorial debut for Scafaria, who adapted the winning romance Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2012-06-22

 

The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings.

Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic, 2012-06-22

 

A movie that may be, in its own small, weird way, the most bizarrely bittersweet and oddly beautiful romance you've seen in quite awhile.

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2012-06-22

 

This is a romantic comedy for people who don't like rom-coms. There's no chance of a happy ending, but its tender mercies speak volumes.

Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2012-06-21

 

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," a half-tender portrait of two very lonely hearts in the closing weeks of humanity's run on Earth, is a strange movie.

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-06-21

 

Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad.

Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, 2012-06-21

 

One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies.

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2012-06-21

 

Though it's clear we're meant to be moved by the big finale, the sight of these two together is so unsettling it's hard not to start rooting for the asteroid.

Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2012-07-10

 

The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist.

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-06-22

 

Scafaria seems to get disoriented by her own scenario, boxing herself into an apocalypse whose initial absurdities feel so wonderfully right, but where to go from there?

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-06-22

 

It's too bad the movie chose to go so gentle into that good night.

Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2012-06-22

 

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'' has its laughs, but pretty much every single one of them is in the trailer.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2012-06-22

 

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 groove.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2012-06-22

 

It seems downright unfair that billions of people have to die so that a middle-aged sad sack can cop a cuddle with a cute, younger bohemian neighbor.

A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2012-06-21

 

While there are some amusing moments involving the film's stellar cast of second bananas, the "quirky" and utterly artificial love story at its center makes Armageddon feel like the preferable option.

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, 2012-06-21

 

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" has plenty of tonal problems -- given the concept, how could it not? -- but Carell's introspective, dryly funny performance is a consistent delight.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-06-21

 

Scafaria, who made such a splash with her cheeky screenplay adaptation of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" in 2008, is simply over her head here.

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2012-06-21

 

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World offers the beats of a series of bad news / worse news jokes. This is not necessarily a good thing.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-06-21

 

Carell and Knightley give it their bittersweet best. But I never rooted for them as a couple. And in a romance, even one with tragic notes, that really is the end of the world.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2012-06-21