• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Neil Jordan
    In Theaters:
    Dec 3, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 16, 2000
  • Columbia Pictures

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The End of the Affair Reviews

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Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

The whole thing is beyond purple and yet so careful and reverent you can't even enjoy it as camp.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

November 19, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

December 6, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

March 27, 2003
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Neil Jordan's film captures an unyielding sense, even almost to a fault, of romantic realism and its often underlying sadness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: B+

January 7, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 23, 2002
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Can anyone fail to recognize this as a fundamental betrayal of the author’s creative vision?

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: C

May 8, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Depicts the way a lapsed Catholic is surprised by grace and a defiant unbeliever is convinced to believe in God.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 4, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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For all its obvious psychoanalytic implications, [Jordan's] wacky romantic triangle lost me long before it crawled to its spiritualist conclusion.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Beautifully passionate and extremely romantic.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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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

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Guaranteed to be mistaken for a first-rate picture.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

An ambitious misfire.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film, as well-conceived as it was, was still too laborious of a process.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Too literary, too uncinematic, too darn old-fashioned for a contemporary audience.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000

Ultimately fails in its ambitious cinematic and narrative goals.

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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 Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Meant to evoke the echoes of passionate romance, yet all it arouses is a need to take a nap.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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An effective love story that's intensely old-fashioned.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Handsomely mounted, literate, emotionally sophisticated, The End of the Affair has everything a period romance should have.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
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