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The Edge of Love (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 38

Despite effective performances from Knightley and Miller, The Edge of Love lacks a coherent narrative.

21

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 15

Despite effective performances from Knightley and Miller, The Edge of Love lacks a coherent narrative.

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The Jacket director John Maybury adapts playwright Sharman MacDonald's account of the true-life relationships shared between Welsh poet Dylan Thomas; his wife, Caitlin; his lifelong friend Vera Phillips; and her husband, William Killick, in this biographical drama centering on the curious incident in which Thomas found his home turned into a war zone when Phillips and Killick attacked the abode with a machine gun and a grenade. Sienna Miller assumes the role of Dylan's wife, Caitlin, and Keira

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Drama, Romance

Sharman MacDonald

Jul 14, 2009

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (38) | DVD (7)

The Edge of Love is literate and often lovely to look at, but unless you're requesting an off-key bohemian rhapsody, do not go gentle into that good theater.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The Edge of Love holds a lot of promise in its first hour and never completely falls apart, but it's ultimately not the movie it might have been.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This may be Knightley's first truly mature performance. Too bad it arrives wrapped in doggerel.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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For all its vivid evocation of its characters' tomorrow-we-die bonhomie, the film finally never quite convinces viewers of its central subject: the sisterly, almost sapphic bond between Vera and Caitlin.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie makes for an engaging enough period piece.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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While Thomas fans will regret seeing their literary hero reduced to a generic drunk, even those awaiting the aforementioned bathtub scene will find it barely worth the effort.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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[Knightley & Miller] frolicking on the beach ... could easily be a couple of models from a Boden fashion shoot at play.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Despite the supposed passion that such material should inspire, what is presented is an emotionally void "love" story, which features three cold, distant, and un-likeable characters.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

When it's over...we have to wonder why any of it mattered in the first place.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Maybury tackles the great Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love, a speculative investigation into a cloudy period of the poet and dramatist's personal life. [Blu-ray]

July 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Ah, the London Blitz. Bombs falling, buildings on fire, people dying all around. Good times, good times.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Unfortunately, like the murky visuals, the story is also muddled.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A bit too arty and concerned with quasi-historical detail to catch fire as a romance (doomed or otherwise), and too yawningly familiar in its major chord plotting to set sail as a honest character ensemble.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

While all the pieces are there for an intriguing film, John Maybury's The Edge of Love never really becomes anything.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Though very uneven in style and focus . . . the fraught complications among the foursome raise universal issues of freewheeling young love and friendship during wartime.

March 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The picture's combination of stylistic splash and pretentious turgidity makes for a long slog. It may be accurate, but by the time it drags to an end, you won't really care.

March 22, 2009 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Comment (1)
One Guy's Opinion

A period romance, charged with provocative undercurrents about art, war and the eternal battle of the sexes.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

More a Gary Springer sex brawl than a Blitzkrieg bohemian romp, with Dylan mainly playing incorrigibly horny and urinating on house plants. And a court duel from nowhere, with the entire free love posse nastily at each other's throats. Paging Nancy Grace.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Audience Reviews for The Edge of Love

I'm no fan of Keira Rat-Face Knightley, but I have to say, she is photographed remarkably well in this movie. Her singing scenes are gorgeous with the shiny lipstick and stiff coiffure, the fuzzy Vaseline lens and the red, green, and blue filters. Her lip-syncing and singing expressions looked pretty convincing as well.

Then I found out she sang her own songs! Well, color me impressed. Those musical numbers are easily the best parts of the movie. The twisted love...parallelogram is too subtle, too full of wist. There isn't much development on how exactly Vera and Caitlin become besties, what exactly went on between Dylan and Vera, why William becomes so disturbed.
June 14, 2011
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

A well made film with a strong cast and good production values. Good use of cinematography and some good acting talent on show. I was very impressed with the Welsh accents. Anyone who thinks Sienna Miller is just a pretty face should see this, one of her best performances I have seen. Loosely based on true events around the relationships the poet Dylan Thomas had at the time of the second world war. Overall I'm not a big drama fan and it is a bit slow at times. If you like relationship dramas or any of the actors, this would probably be a 4 star film for you!
March 15, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

This is the type of film that one minute you hate it and the next minute your thinking this isn't bad, but never think this is swell or outstanding. The story itself is about Dylan Thomas and after watching this movie I give my father more credit as to why he hated the name Dylan. We are bombarded with Dylan Thomas pomes and lines in a World War II Bombing of England and Scenes of British solders in Greece. Dylan has his wife, also his childhood sweetheart that is married to a British Soldier who is fighting the war, but comes home with his troubles. You have to be an independent film lover to enjoy this film. 3 Stars
February 12, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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Much better than what I expected from the reviews. Story, acting, and characters were all very well done. In case youre expecting a mix of war action, and drama, it's actually entirely a love story....save a couple of very short, isolated battlefield scenes. Cillian Murphy was wonderful in this. Quietly slow, romantic, beautiful visuals.
January 4, 2011
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

    1. Dylan Thomas: Not for the proud man apart from the raging moon I write on the spendthrift pages, nor for the towering dead with their nightingales and psalms, but for the lovers, their arms round the griefs of the ages.
    – Submitted by Jamie M (17 months ago)
    1. Vera Phillips: You don't even see me, do you? Dylan! All you've got is stories in your head. Words. And I have to feel real. William... makes me real.
    – Submitted by Jamie M (17 months ago)
    1. Dylan Thomas: I do it, sleep with other women... because I'm a poet, and a poet feeds off life.
    – Submitted by Jamie M (17 months ago)
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  • Edge of Love - Was von der Liebe bleibt (DE)
  • En el límite del amor (ES)
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