The End of the Affair Reviews

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Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
November 19, 2005
The whole thing is beyond purple and yet so careful and reverent you can't even enjoy it as camp.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
What a sad and melancholy piece of work. ... Fiennes basically reprises his English Patient role as the heroic destroyer of covenants and promises.
| Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 27, 2003
Writer/director Neil Jordan takes the right approach to the material. Instead of trying to spruce it up, he simply moves in closer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 7, 2003
Neil Jordan's film captures an unyielding sense, even almost to a fault, of romantic realism and its often underlying sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
a demanding, thought-provoking film ...built around a theme many will find difficult to accept, that miracles can happen to perfectly ordinary, non-religious people.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Can anyone fail to recognize this as a fundamental betrayal of the author’s creative vision?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
Depicts the way a lapsed Catholic is surprised by grace and a defiant unbeliever is convinced to believe in God.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
For all its obvious psychoanalytic implications, [Jordan's] wacky romantic triangle lost me long before it crawled to its spiritualist conclusion.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
Beautifully passionate and extremely romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Guaranteed to be mistaken for a first-rate picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
An ambitious misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film, as well-conceived as it was, was still too laborious of a process.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Too literary, too uncinematic, too darn old-fashioned for a contemporary audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 1, 2000
Ultimately fails in its ambitious cinematic and narrative goals.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Although Jordan attempts an old fashioned cinematic weeper, what he gets instead are talented actors reciting their lines with all of the fervor of someone reading the phonebook.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
January 1, 2000
Meant to evoke the echoes of passionate romance, yet all it arouses is a need to take a nap.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
An effective love story that's intensely old-fashioned.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Handsomely mounted, literate, emotionally sophisticated, The End of the Affair has everything a period romance should have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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