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Her Review

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4.5

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    90

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    At once a brilliant conceptual gag and a deeply sincere romance, Her is the unlikely yet completely plausible love story about a man, who sometimes resembles a machine, and an operating system, who very much suggests a living woman.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    Jonze creates the splendid anachronism of a movie romance that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    What begins like an arrested adolescent dream soon blossoms into Jonze’s richest and most emotionally mature work to date, burrowing deep into the give and take of relationships, the dawning of middle-aged ennui, and that eternal dilemma shared by both man and machine: the struggle to know one’s own true self.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Jonze approaches perfection in the department of deadpan humor. In other hands, his premise could have been a clever gimmick and little more. But he draws us into Theodore's world, then develops it brilliantly, by playing everything scrupulously straight.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    A delicate, droll masterwork, writer-director Spike Jonze's Her sticks its neck out, all the way out, asserting that what the world needs now and evermore is love, sweet love. Preferably between humans, but you can't have everything all the time.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Jonze's satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it's also a bit icy emotionally.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though set in the future, Her is a timely, soulful and plausible love story.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Her works as a real romance, and as a commentary on the ways technology connects everyone to the world but also isolates us from legitimate, warm human contact.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    This is a probing, inquisitive work of a very high order, although it goes a bit slack in the final third and concludes rather conventionally compared to much that has come before.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Graceful, strange romance with intense moments of sexuality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Her is a beautiful, unusual romantic tale whose protagonist falls in love with a computer's voice, an offbeat coupling that may be difficult for younger viewers to comprehend. The film also takes on some mature themes, including the crumbling of a marriage and the mourning period that comes when a relationship breaks apart. Expect some swearing (including "f--k"), and scenes where a character has loud, enthusiastic sex with a voice. There's a bit of quick topless nudity and some sexy moments between adults.

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Samantha and Theodore. How is their relationship similar to traditional couplings? How is it different? Is this kind of relationship really far-fetched?
  • What might the film be trying to say about the nature of love? Is this a movie about technology, or something much more human, like relationships?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie's depiction of love is profound and moving, and shows us that love can happen in strange ways, not always when we're looking for it, and that it can change us deeply if we can be open to it.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Theodore may be dazed by his divorce and confused by his feelings for Samantha, but he nevertheless opens himself up to the experience. Also, he's a good friend and a writer who makes an effort at his craft, even if they're letters on behalf of, and for, others.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Contentious arguments between a couple shown in flashbacks.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Two instances where a man has a version of phone sex; pleasure is audible and extended. A woman straddles a man and kisses him. One image of a topless pregnant woman that becomes fodder for a sexual fantasy.

  • language false3

    Language: Language throughout including: "d-ck," "a--hole," and "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking among friends.

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