Dear Evan Hansen

audience Reviews

, 88% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Dear Evan Hansen is a film I never knew I needed. The cast does a good job, the songs fit right in with the story, and it contains a very powerful message we can all use right now. I really hope more people discover this movie.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Having watched the play and listened endless times to the songs, I was a bit fearful about how the movie was going to turn out. But in the end, I had tears down my face and so moved by the characters that I dismissed any previous negativity around the movie. The changes in relation to the musical (won't spoil it, don't worry) only made the story more empathetic and related. I love the 2 new songs and really thought Ben Platt was just perfect as Evan (again!). Colton Ryan is a captivating Connor and shines through his talent. I sincerely enjoyed watching this, and would recommend you giving it a go!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Richness of characters, fascinating storyline, heartbreaking!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I loved this adaptation of the stage show. We were concerned at the low reviews but needn't have been, and I feel they were misleading, and totally unfair and unjustified. Ben Platt was exceptional! His acting and voice were breathtaking! Everyone acquits themselves well and the additional songs were totally in place, and so beautiful and heart-rending. Do go and see it. I say ignore the critics. There is nothing in this film that does not convey what it sets out to do: educate on autistic tendencies, suicidal themes and awkwardness. The sad elements are overcome with an amazing score, incredible lyrics and extremely powerful performances, along with fantastic direction. You will leave feeling empowered not deflated. Highly recommended and so glad I will now be able to watch this whenever I want from the Bluray/DVD when it's released. But very important to see it whilst it's available on the big screen, it makes such an impact.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A show every high schooler, teacher, and parent should see
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Incredibly good- a must see!!!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    This is a great movie that the critics (and some audience members) didn’t seem to understand. Totally relatable to my high school days being lost in the crowd, wishing for a friend to share my experiences with. It is not a film about suicide but about depression, and while the boy didn’t get the girl in the end he did find himself, which was much more important.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Ben, your performance on stage of this story deserved a Tony but hun, you're almost 30. Why are you singing and naruto running in a school where apparently actual highscool kids were cast? Why are you adding voice cracks to every song you're in when you sounded crystal clear on stage? If it was so important to preserve the god that apparently is Ben Platt for the main role of Evan Hansen, why could the same not have been extended to the character Heidi? No wonder "Good for You", a song sung primarily by the character Heidi was cut. For those who think this movie is good, you definitely need to see the bootleg of the stage performance online. Raise your standards when it comes to portraying and understanding socially awkward characters.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Yes there are MANY aspects of the movie that are sub-par the book and the play were better, but the story is still so beautiful. It's important. I know so many people that feel alone, like nobody would notice if they committed suicide, me included. This movie is about those people, that they are special and worthy of love no matter what they've done and it's shown in a beautiful creative way. I cried so hard in the theater. Today people are encouraged to shun and bully those who do wrong or believe the wrong things, to cancel them and label them evil forever. Anyone that relates to Evan that reads these critic reviews saying Evan is a horrible terrible person who doesn't deserve love or forgiveness or friends and might as well kill himself for what he did is unspeakably harmful to those that relate to him, me included. It teaches that when, not if, you make a mistake, it's permanent, you WONT come back from it or pick yourself up, no one will let you, no one will forgive you, you might as well kill yourself because your life is over. Watch this movie, (or better yet read the book or watch the play) put yourself in Evan's shoes and practice some empathy, please.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This was a GREAT movie with a TERRIFIC message. It took courage for Ben Platt to be willing to play this role. It's so important to remember that people who look like assholes are often hurting terribly inside. People who seem uncaring are often trying their best and don't know how to do better. Evan Hansen tells a lie because he sees 2 people (Connor's parents) hurting terribly and wants to try to ease their pain. All of his lies come from not wanting to see others hurting. And his deciding to tell the truth also comes from his not wanting to see others hurting. So in this case, the guy who comes off in other people's eyes as the jerk and the bad guy is actually a guy who cared so much about others that he told lies so they wouldn't hurt so much. The message that so many of us are hurting, indeed maybe most of us are hurting in some way or another, is so important. We are so quick to jump to assumptions and to judgments; and we are so often wrong. If you feel awkward, unsure of yourself, on the outside looking in, know that many more people than you realize also feel that way and that you have beauty and brilliance that maybe no one can see, not even you, but it is there only to be discovered.