Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always

Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always

Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always

Lacking support in their home state, two young women head to New York seeking an abortion in this drama from Sundance Directing Award-winner Eliza Hittman.

"Autumn (newcomer Sidney Flanigan), a stoic, quiet teenager, is a cashier in a rural Pennsylvania supermarket. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and without viable alternatives for termination in her home state, she and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder, also a newcomer) scrape up some cash, pack a suitcase, and board a bus to New York City. With only a clinic address in hand and nowhere to stay, the two girls bravely venture into the unfamiliar city." (Sundance Film Festival)

Winner of the Golden Berlin Bear and Silver Berlin Bear, 2020 Berlin International Film Festival; U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award (Neorealism), 2020 Sundance Film Festival
2020Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language101 minsUSA, UK
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Never lets me stop thinking about what the characters are thinking. Rarely loses my attention. Sometimes makes me feel very uncomfortable. Always moving forward. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always demands of us that we keep quiet and actually pay attention to what is unfolding on the screen, but if we do, we will be rewarded with some absolutely beautiful storytelling.

5.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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There's a sense of dread which haunts the film as its teenage protagonists attempt to navigate the complex healthcare system while also dealing with predatory men. But there's not an ounce of melodrama to be found.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Here, a woman's right to self-determination has become the stuff of a new and radical heroic journey.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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The film's spareness has lasting power - as Skylar and Autumn boarded the bus home, I realised I had been clenching my jaw the whole movie.

4.0
Vulture

Vulture

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always isn't agitprop for an era of increasingly restricted abortion access, though it'd be entirely justified and effective in being so.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Hittman captures the feeling of what it's like to be adrift in one of the world's biggest cities, where the Port Authority Bus Terminal takes on the quality of a metropolitan purgatory.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hittman's storytelling is seductively loose, impressionistic, but key episodes give shape to the girls' unsettling odyssey.

Variety

Variety

press

At once dreamlike and ruthlessly naturalistic, steadily composed yet shot through with roiling currents of anxiety, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" is a quietly devastating gem.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Never Rarely Sometimes Always demands of us that we keep quiet and actually pay attention to what is unfolding on the screen, but if we do, we will be rewarded with some absolutely beautiful storytelling.

5.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

There's a sense of dread which haunts the film as its teenage protagonists attempt to navigate the complex healthcare system while also dealing with predatory men. But there's not an ounce of melodrama to be found.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Here, a woman's right to self-determination has become the stuff of a new and radical heroic journey.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The film's spareness has lasting power - as Skylar and Autumn boarded the bus home, I realised I had been clenching my jaw the whole movie.

4.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Never Rarely Sometimes Always isn't agitprop for an era of increasingly restricted abortion access, though it'd be entirely justified and effective in being so.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Hittman captures the feeling of what it's like to be adrift in one of the world's biggest cities, where the Port Authority Bus Terminal takes on the quality of a metropolitan purgatory.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hittman's storytelling is seductively loose, impressionistic, but key episodes give shape to the girls' unsettling odyssey.

Variety

Variety

press

At once dreamlike and ruthlessly naturalistic, steadily composed yet shot through with roiling currents of anxiety, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" is a quietly devastating gem.

Never lets me stop thinking about what the characters are thinking. Rarely loses my attention. Sometimes makes me feel very uncomfortable. Always moving forward. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0