Annie (Byrne) has long tolerated her partner Duncan’s (O’Dowd) obsession with the obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Hawke), but she’s reaching the end of her tether. Crowe had a ’90s following, but he disappeared decades ago after a mid-show breakdown, never to be heard from again by his fans. Duncan has never let the light die out, running a fan forum for similar obsessives around the world. When a previously unknown demo version of a Crowe album emerges after 25 years, the events that follow change Annie and Duncan’s lives in the most unexpected ways. Perfectly capturing Hornby’s smart, pop culture-obsessed, emotionally stunted characters, Juliet, Naked is a joyously funny and romantic film – with a great soundtrack, of course.
The Sundance audience was buzzing after the premiere of Juliet, Naked, not because it moves the boundary posts but because it’s everything a mainstream rom-com should be but no longer is – literate, unpredictable, full of bustling tangents. – David Edelstein, Vulture
A winsome screwball love story that grows on you and takes you somewhere charming. Juliet, Naked is a feel-good movie for the best of reasons. It leaves you completely happy you met the people in it. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety