"How I Live Now stands as something all too rare: a movie about young people that young people may love — but not one that lies to them, and not one built for them alone."
"A forceful performance from Saoirse Ronan."
"A thrilling genre entry."
"A genuinely engaging film."
"Its relish for love in the face of adversity ultimately sets it apart and makes it something of a tender charmer of a film."
"An engagingly feisty and gritty performance by Saoirse Ronan"
"Kevin Macdonald directs with grace and ease."
"Saoirse Ronan is excellent."
"A sterling adaptation of a great modern novel."
"Ranks as one of the most powerful British films of recent times."
"Saoirse Ronan is captivating throughout."
"A damn lovely pic"
"If you like dystopian action with a romantic twist, then this is the film for you."
"Has a magical appeal to it."
"The power she (Saoirse Ronan) gives to this piece is full of an energy we don’t see very often."
"It’s breathtaking how many tones and themes are skillfully juggled in "How I Live Now.""
"It’s much like the first teenage love it portrays: by turns high-spirited, visceral, tragic and absurd, hitting with the impact of a meteorite."
"Ronan, who has matured into a classic screen beauty, skillfully illuminates Daisy’s complicated character arc."
"Full of chilling moments."
"The splendid Ronan skillfully handles Daisy’s arc."
"Saoirse Ronan shines in dreamy and deeply felt 'How I Live Now'"
"How I Live Now’s harrowing exploration of an emotionally isolated teenage girl’s struggle to find purpose and acceptance was perfectly captured by the well-cast Ronan"
"Emotionally and visually captivating"
"3½ out of 4 stars. MAGICAL AND APOCALYPTIC, directed with pulsing verve. Ronan is riveting."
"BREATHTAKING. It’s much like the first teenage love it portrays: by turns high-spirited, visceral, tragic and absurd, hitting with the impact of a meteorite. With its intelligent energy and standout lead performance, it takes its place alongside this season’s strong gallery of survival-against-all-odds movies."
"The movie is grab-you-by-the-back-of-the-neck immediate; the bite-your-lip moments of suspense and tension mount to the extent that you may well draw blood."
"RONAN IS A FORCE OF NATURE."
"Fascinating. The splendid Ronan skillfully handles Daisy’s arc, from self-involved and delicate to steely, and ferociously committed to this family she just met."
"The actors and director Kevin Macdonald create moments that are charged with reckless passion."
"It generates a haunting ambiance and develops a cumulative power."
"Ronan is never less than completely compelling"
"A SOPHISTICATED DELIGHT."
"Owes more to Cormac McCarthy than to Stephenie Meyer."
"Ronan is quite good."
"It’s hard not to tear our eyes away from Ronan, who keeps proving over and over again that she is, easily, her generation’s finest actress."