The End of the Affair (1999)



Critic Consensus: Neil Jordan has good direction with solid performances from Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.

Movie Info

On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed. As the investigation progresses, we learn the reason for their separation. During a bombing raid, Sarah struck a bargain with God to sacrifice their relationship-in exchange for Bendrix's life. When Bendrix … More

Rating: R (for scenes of strong sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Jordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2000
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Maurice Bendrix

as Sarah Miles

as Henry Miles

as Mr. Parkis

as Father Smythe

as Lance Parkis

as Mr. Savage

as Miss Smythe

as Henry's Maid

as Doctor Gilbert

as Chief Warden

as Bendrix's Landlady

as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for The End of the Affair

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (22)

For all its obvious psychoanalytic implications, [Jordan's] wacky romantic triangle lost me long before it crawled to its spiritualist conclusion.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

The characters are so unsympathetic, the adulterous love affair at the heart of the story so joyless, and the three main performances so mannered that it's hard to feel anything but disappointment and boredom.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Guaranteed to be mistaken for a first-rate picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An effective love story that's intensely old-fashioned.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Handsomely mounted, literate, emotionally sophisticated, The End of the Affair has everything a period romance should have.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The End of the Affair


Based on a novel by Graham Greene, this is a romantic drama set during World War II that is in many ways a standard love triangle involving a guy, his best friend, and the best friend's wife. There's lies, deception, and a torrid affair. Some of this is compelling, but overall the basic plot isn't all that unique or interesting, and this isn't the best variation on a theme.

However, the period details, costumes, sets, etc are well done, and the acting is what ultimately makes this a good film worth watching. Stephen Rea is good as the nervous, henecked husband, Ralph Fiennes is great as the stuffy 40s intellectual madly in love with his friend's wife, and Julianne Moore is sublime as the wife, giving a very nuanced performance. It's also a plus that this is one of several films where she shows her willingness to do love scenes and show the goods, especially a memorabele scene where bombs literally go off during the heat of the moment.

All in all, this is a fine enough period drama, even if it's not the most compelling or memorable. Neil jordan knows how to stage these things, and the acting is ultiamtely what makes it worth a recommendation.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Or as I like to call this movie; GROPE. lol I absolutely adore RALPH FIENNES. But i just didnt really find myself enjoying this movie that much.. Julianne Moores character seems almost too self-pitying and whinny as some points. In this movie I actually thought that the actor that stood out the most for me was Stephen Rea. He was quite good. Never bitter or hating as you would expect a man in his position would be. Very well acted.
All in all i dont really think I would watch this movie again, not even for Ralph. Near the end when we find out WHY Moores Character broke of the relationship, i just thought it was rediculous!! Very unbelieveable...

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

I wasn?t convinced I was going to like it as I wasn?t a great fan of the book but this is a brilliant adaptation from Neil Jordan, who really captures the essence of the characters!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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