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Reviews: Her (2013)

herReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Alla fine quello che resta, quando tutto è perduto ed anche l’amore ci ha deluso, è l’amicizia con qualcuno che ci conforti, ci resti accanto, anche in cima ad un grattacielo in una metropoli senza confini. Sono gli ultimi bagliori di umanità, in un crepuscolo che non smette di commuoverci.
  • [New – 5/29/14] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un fábula de amor imparable en un entorno de soledades compartidas y aislamiento comunicado. Tremendo trabajo de Spike Jonze que muestra hasta dónde podemos llegar sin llegar a nada.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Though unseen, Johansson does a great deal with the voice work and ably captures the inflections that a human would convey in a given situation. In Phoenix, she finds a wonderful partner whose gradual acceptance of his OS as a legitimate companion is both believable and engrossing.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: One half of the relationship at the center of Her may lack a physical form, but it is nonetheless a film about the universality of romance: its longing, its intensity, and its transformative power — for the best, and the worst. The outcome of this highly unconventional relationship is warm and funny and tragic, all at once.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Its ideas are big and so is the transporting music, the bravura location photography that incorporates Shanghai seamlessly into its vision of Los Angeles, and the sweetly absurd comedic strokes. Yet, like all of Jonze’s movies, it speaks directly to a tiny, intimate part of the heart.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: Her gives you plenty to ponder regarding the nature of love and of modern living. That it can do so without being enamored of its ideas or going off the deep end is no small achievement.
  • Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La historia del amor entre Theodore y Samantha es un reflejo de los tiempos que vivimos.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Jonze’s gentle, poignant yet ultimately joyful film distinguishes him as one of the most insightful chroniclers of the human condition. “Her” and its quietly unveiled performance from an extraordinary Joaquin Phoenix are the year’s best.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Like many great works of science fiction, Spike Jonze’s new movie Her uses its futuristic visions to examine very contemporary and human truths. In particular, it explores our changing relationship with technology, as well as the way in which technology is changing our relationships.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Jonze illustrates how important it is for love to be tethered to reality in order to counteract its inherit transience.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Her parte de una premisa muy buena, y tiene ideas geniales, pero funcionaría infinitamente mejor en una novela.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Jonze uses the concept as a means of exploring what makes us human…
  • David Ehrlich @ Film.com
    • Excerpt: A sensitive look at programmed living and the follies of possessive love.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Quirky and quixotic, Spike Jonze has fashioned a sadly surreal, screwball comedy/drama, subtly exploring how we perceive and interact with those around us.
  • John Hanlon @ JohnHanlonReviews.com
    • Excerpt: An intoxicating and profound romantic drama that offers new insights into our dependence on technology.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The script makes the case that a passionate connection doesn’t even require a physical body. What sounds like science fiction on paper, is actually one of the most deeply felt romances of 2013.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: There are a great many questions asked in Spike Jonze’s observant and funny Her, a film that takes us through the familiar heartaches and joys of a relationship but from a completely different light.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: It’s the rise of the machines as romantic dramedy, and the Singularity as romantic tragedy. It’s the nicest, gentlest sci-fi horror film ever.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Weirdly wonderful, open-hearted, and heartbreakingly beautiful, “Her” is a sublime cinematic joy with a gentle intimacy, melancholy and grounded universality about the human experience.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: Coming out of the multiplex after seeing Her, I entered directions for my house into Apple Maps. As the artificial female sound gave me turn-by-turn directions in that familiar monotone voice, I couldn’t help but wonder how I’d feel about “her” if the software was slightly more advanced.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • James Madden @ Film Blerg
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Her is ultimately an overlong romance film with a gimmick and a badge of indie credibility where it should have innovations or ideas.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Her is a bittersweet love story for the ages.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: An emotionally engaging, wonderfully acted and especially moving film that cleverly taps into what it means to connect in the technology-driven modern era.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: I turned to my trusty operating system Samantha to help wrap my thoughts around ‘Her’. Here is a transcript of our conversation.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Funny and touching, romantic but thought-provoking, sweet but maybe slyly cynical, this is a fully engaging and truly unclassifiable film that should appeal to just about all viewers. Bolstered by a terrific original soundtrack from Arcade Fire and gorgeously faded, retro-future Instagram cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema (The Fighter), Her is truly something special.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: A strange, and strangely logical love story.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: For all of the interesting content, there is a hollowness.
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • Excerpt: As Her pontificates about the inherent disconnectivity of modern communication, it becomes apparent just how synthetic human emotions and feelings have become.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Where Spike Jonze once soared using magical realism — albeit written by someone else — as his guide (see “Being John Malkovich”) he now flounders with a self-penned technology driven story that shrivels before your eyes.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: So rarely these days do we get such films, constructed with such clarity, earned confidence, and ambition; what a breath of fresh air, then, to experience Her.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Surprisingly touching and tender…commentary on the modern realities of personal connection.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Mel Valentin @ ScreenInvasion.com
    • Excerpt: A brilliant, poignant exploration of our complex relationship with technology.
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Jonze pulls off a remarkable feat, weaving together myriad thematic threads and sci-fi musings without losing sight of the elemental appeal of a handsomely conveyed love story.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:57 am

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