• R, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    John Maybury
    In Theaters:
    May 15, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 14, 2009
  • Capitol Films


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The Edge of Love Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 6, 2010
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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It felt like a lighting class, not a movie.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

March 16, 2009
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

Above all else though, it whets the appetite for another look at Dylan Thomas and his wife, a prospect which previously seemed dauntingly difficult for a film-maker to tackle.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Sarah Boslaugh

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

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 5/10

April 17, 2009
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

the film ends with a muddle; several stories have been shown onscreen but none of them have really said anything.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 40/100

March 17, 2009
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

March 20, 2009
Geoff Berkshire

Even when Lindsay Lohan's not in a movie she can still screw it up.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 12, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

No one seems to know what the movie is about; is it about the friendship, Thomas's life and women, or the war?

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 13, 2009
Peter Paras
E! Online

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

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

April 22, 2009
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 14, 2009
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C-

April 19, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

July 23, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A stagy, arty, and uncompelling account of the Welsh writer and his menage-y relations with his boozy Irish wife and his young Welsh girlfriend.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 19, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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This may be Knightley's first truly mature performance. Too bad it arrives wrapped in doggerel.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 2, 2009
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

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

April 3, 2009
Chris Cabin

Has about as much to do with Dylan Thomas as it does the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 12, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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It's all declarative surface, and director John Maybury treats the proceedings like a Josef von Sternberg wet dream, at once elegant, campy and desiccated.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

March 18, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2009
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Notably only for a first act that credibly depicts a four-way relationship among friends and lovers without tilting embarrassingly toward titillation and/or soap opera.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: C

March 19, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011

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July 14, 2011

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June 18, 2012
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