After it unspooled at the Telluride Film Festivals, the Hollywood Reporter said of "Never Let Me Go": "Fox Searchlight is hoping for awards consideration for the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel, but this will depend on the reviews, which are likely to be split between those who consider the film a bleak masterpiece and others who find it straining so mightily for aesthetic perfection that it fails to provide a gripping narrative.
"It is definitely an art object, but is it a work of art?" the trade paper asked. "Expertly acted, impeccably photographed, intelligently written, even intermittently touching, the film is also too parched and ponderous to connect with a large audience."
However, "Never Let Me Go" certainly connected with Indiewire's Anne Thompson, who admitted at her "Thompson on Hollywood" blog, "I cried buckets at this film." She includes it on her list of the top 13 films most likely to be among the 10 Oscar nominees for best picture.
Photo: A scene from "Never Let Me Go." Credit: Fox Searchlight