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Me Before You (2016)



Critic Consensus: Me Before You benefits from Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin's alluring chemistry, although it isn't enough to compensate for its clumsy treatment of a sensitive subject.

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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a contented small town Englishwoman and the wealthy, paralyzed Londoner who hires her as his caretaker. Theater director Thea Sharrock makes her feature directorial debut with this MGM/New Line Cinema co-production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Emilia Clarke
as Louisa Clark
Sam Claflin
as William Traynor
Charles Dance
as Steven Traynor
Jenna-Louise Coleman
as Katrina Clark
Janet McTeer
as Camilla Traynor
Brendan Coyle
as Bernard Clark
Eileen Dunwoodie
as Cafe Customer
Henri Kirkham
as Thomas Clark
Samantha Spiro
as Josie Clark
Richard Goulding
as Freddie Foster
Diane Morgan
as Sharon The Waitress
Stephen Chance
as Michael Lawler
Joanna Lumley
as Mary Rawlinson
Sharon Ballard
as Hotel Receptionist
Chuku Modu
as Mauritian Waiter
Manuel Severi
as French Waiter
Jared Garfield
as Katrina Clark
Rubi Ali
as Flight Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Me Before You

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (57)

Ableism as Romance makes disabled partners look like burdens and erasure look like love.

August 17, 2021 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Solid performances don't balance out the problematic parts of Me Before You, which are many.

January 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Schmaltzy when it should be moving, phoney when it should be sincere, and borderline offensive when it should be thought-provoking, the high-profile rom-com Me Before You is almost a perfect cinematic calamity.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Me Before You has no interest in the realities of life with disability; it is, rather, yet another variant on a threadbare formula.

August 8, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

In other words, if you've ever wanted your romance with a side of disability and chronic pain, Me Before You is perfect for you - as long as you don't actually want a realistic depiction of any of those things.

August 8, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Me Before You presents itself as classier than its genre, but it fundamentally delivers an imbalanced central relationship that comes off as quite sexist.

August 1, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Me Before You

Much better than I expected. Actually quite funny and nice viewing. I thought it would be very sad and serious. I loved all her clothes too.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

It's a very cutesy romcom that is bound to make you smile and weep!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Free-spirited and quirky Louisa takes a job as companion to quadriplegic Will Traynor who is now surly and disheartened about losing his once charmed life. Usually daunting Emilia Clarke is adorably giddy, and Sam Claflin is Sam Claflin, the handsome asshole with a sensitive soul underneath. The love story is quite predictable, but there's a second-act moral conundrum that provides some suspense. What's utterly stupid about this movie is that despite Lou being the ostensible protagonist, she is STILL merely a supporting character in her own story. The central moral question of the film is Will's, and everything Lou does is in aid of that plotline. It's not even clear how and when she falls in love with Will. It's never talked about, and she lacks the agency to leave or at least tell off her well-meaning but clueless boyfriend or to follow her dreams of fashion school. I'm also chafed because Will tries to pilot Lou's life from the start: telling her what movies to watch and how to wear a dress with confidence (I mean, really?! She's already smokin'!) and how to party like the grand adventurer he once was, and he continues to do so (*spoilers*) even beyond the grave, down to what Parisian perfume she should wear! He also obnoxiously calls her by her last name "Clark" all the time, which any girl who's had a middle school crush on that cool skater boi knows is a familiarizing but controlling tactic that makes us happy and hungry for his approval. Was Will always this arrogant and patriarchal? Was his life truly charmed? That seems to be a better dramatic question, but the movie would still be about him. Lou is defined by the men around her, and that still seems to be the case from the synopsis of the sequel novel in which she meets a new man who helps her get over the erstwhile "You." Bleagh.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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