Her 2013

Critics score:
94 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: With his new movie her... Jonze creates the splendid anachronism of a movie romance that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: In Her, Jonze transforms his music-video aesthetic into something magically personal. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Jonze seems to be heading for a far quirkier ending than the one he actually delivers, but he does tap into the zeitgeist with his unlikely romantic fable. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: What gives the film a significant upgrade is Mr. Jonze's gift for understated poetry, with intimations of philosophy. Lyrical flashbacks illuminate the love its hero once had, and lost. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Filmed with a bright crispness that speaks of a nostalgia for the future, "Her" is a touching, buoyant pleasure. Read more

Scott Foundas, Variety: Spike Jonze's singular, wryly funny, subtly profound consideration of our relationship to technology - and to each other. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: It's a melancholy comic fable about the here and now, thinly disguised as an outlandish vision of the there and later. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: The science fiction supports the story without overpowering it (and without forcing you to make those pesky "would this really work?" calculations in your head), and the romance is genuine - even if it's virtual. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: You've heard of fables for our time? "Her" is a fable for the near future. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The movie has earned critical acclaim for capturing the zeitgeist of gadget-based narcissism, though it strikes me as the sort of thing made by someone who could use some actual problems to worry about. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: It's a measure of Jonze's grace as a filmmaker that scenes that might have come across as satiric or smarmy are instead deeply resonant. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: A stinging romance for our solipsistic techie-centric times. Read more

Jessica Herndon, Associated Press: In a dark theater, surrounded by the wondrous world Jonze creates in Her, it's difficult to avoid getting emotional. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Delightfully entertaining, if slightly unnerving ... Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: A lonely young man falls head over keyboard in love with his computer's operating system...It's not just any operating system, but one designed to be empathetic with humans, and has Scarlett Johansson as its Siri-with-sex-appeal voice. Who could resist? Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: Jonze's satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it's also a bit icy emotionally. Read more

David Ehrlich, Film.com: A sensitive and genuinely curious look at programmed living and the follies of possessive love that unfolds like When Harry Met Skynet Read more

Wesley Morris, Grantland: Spike Jonze doesn't simply direct. He innovates. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: 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. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful. Read more

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: Jonze is an adventurous filmmaker who's never afraid of falling flat on his face and whose risks often pay off. In "Her" he is a wise observer for a modern conundrum. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Her shares a lot of themes with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, another story about the difficulty of moving on from relationships that once seemed destined to last forever. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: "Her" goes light-years beyond science-fiction cliches. As the story progresses further into unexpected territory, "Her" sometimes feels like an out-of-body experience. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: What makes Her so potent is that it does to us what Samantha does to Theodore. We are informed, cosseted, and entertained, and yet we are never more than a breath away from being creeped out. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: The movie is brilliantly visualized and consistently compelling and - although this is not a flaw, but an observation - it definitely says different things to different people. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: A heartrending romance that will ring true for all those who've found, lost, or are still impatiently awaiting their own soul mate. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: This is a movie you want to reach out and caress, about a man who, like everyone else around him in this near future, has retreated from other people into a machine world. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Her is a wistful, wonderful meditation on where we are and where we might be going. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Her uses a familiar idea to sci-fi fans - machine sentience - and spins it in a new and exciting direction. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com: One of the more original, hilarious and even heartbreaking stories of the year. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Johansson's vocal tour de force is award-worthy. So is the movie. Ignore the soft ending. Jonze is a visionary whose lyrical, soulful meditation on relationships of the future cuts to the heart of the way we live now. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: "Her" is an immersive universe that's sometimes faintly satirical but more often lovelorn and transcendent. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The best things in the movie aren't transporting or diverting but merely incite intellectual recognition: Yes. OK. That's amusing. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: It's hard to imagine any actor of his generation who could have carried off the lead role in Her other than Joaquin Phoenix. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Jonze encourages our awe at the mysteries of life even if they arrive in the form of technology. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: Her is a remarkably ingenious film but, more important, it is a film that transcends its own ingenuity to achieve something akin to wisdom. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: It's an odd, sad love story, combined with a meditation on technology as an accelerator of social loneliness. Not a small part of it seems to be an allegory of lonely guys and their fear of women. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: A poignant love story that measures the emotional toll of living too deeply within the virtual world. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: If, like me, you've admired Jonze's ambitions more than you've responded to his results, you may find that Her puts his means and his ends on more equal footing. He shoots for the moon and, this time, hits it. Read more

Cath Clarke, Time Out: A keeper of a film, quietly dazzling Read more

David Fear, Time Out: It's melancholy, moving and unmissable. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: The film's genius is how it grounds the notion of a man falling for an artificially intelligent machine with reality. Just how many clicks away is this from online dating? Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice: There are many, many feelings stuck into Her, pin-cushion-style, but the result is a kind of overstuffed stupefaction. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Jonze teases out what's genuine emotion and what's just programming. Her occurs in what Jonze calls the "slight future," but that's clearly a question for the ages. Read more