Though it's clear we're meant to be moved by the big finale, the sight of these two together is so unsettling it's hard not to start rooting for the asteroid.
- Trevor Johnston, Time Out, July 10, 2012
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year.
- Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, June 26, 2012
This is an exceedingly promising directorial debut for Scafaria, who adapted the winning romance Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, June 22, 2012
The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings.
- Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic, June 22, 2012
A movie that may be, in its own small, weird way, the most bizarrely bittersweet and oddly beautiful romance you've seen in quite awhile.
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, June 22, 2012
Scafaria seems to get disoriented by her own scenario, boxing herself into an apocalypse whose initial absurdities feel so wonderfully right, but where to go from there?
- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, June 22, 2012
It's too bad the movie chose to go so gentle into that good night.
- Rafer Guzman, Newsday, June 22, 2012
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'' has its laughs, but pretty much every single one of them is in the trailer.
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, June 22, 2012
Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable groove.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, June 22, 2012
This is a romantic comedy for people who don't like rom-coms. There's no chance of a happy ending, but its tender mercies speak volumes.
- Claudia Puig, USA Today, June 21, 2012
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," a half-tender portrait of two very lonely hearts in the closing weeks of humanity's run on Earth, is a strange movie.
- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, June 21, 2012
The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist.
- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 22, 2012
It seems downright unfair that billions of people have to die so that a middle-aged sad sack can cop a cuddle with a cute, younger bohemian neighbor.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, June 21, 2012
While there are some amusing moments involving the film's stellar cast of second bananas, the "quirky" and utterly artificial love story at its center makes Armageddon feel like the preferable option.
- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, June 21, 2012
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" has plenty of tonal problems -- given the concept, how could it not? -- but Carell's introspective, dryly funny performance is a consistent delight.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 21, 2012
Scafaria, who made such a splash with her cheeky screenplay adaptation of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" in 2008, is simply over her head here.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2012
Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad.
- Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, June 21, 2012
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World offers the beats of a series of bad news / worse news jokes. This is not necessarily a good thing.
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 2012
One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies.
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, June 21, 2012
Carell and Knightley give it their bittersweet best. But I never rooted for them as a couple. And in a romance, even one with tragic notes, that really is the end of the world.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, June 21, 2012