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The End of Violence (1997)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 9

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Wim Wenders directed this allegorical drama about the emotional impact of violence in our culture, set against the backdrop of California's entertainment business. Mike Max (Bill Pullman) is a Hollywood producer who has earned a great deal of money and power in the film industry through his success with a series of brutally violent action pictures. While Max can juggle any number of tasks while working, he can't find time for his wife Paige (Andie MacDowell), and when she announces that she's

Mar 28, 2000

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (24) | DVD (4)

A longwinded exercise in pretentious confusion.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A muddled, sentimental Euro-American hash, redeemed here and there from its fatal purposelessness by a few moments that remind us we're in the presence of a genuine cinematic visionary.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Doesn't seem sure what it is about, or how it is about it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This goes on for two hours and two minutes. When I staggered out of the theater, I asked if Clinton was still president.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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Offers viewers opportunities to ponder a variety of diverse subjects, but its overall entertainment value is less than one might hope for.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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With The End of Violence Mr. Wenders has made a film as resonant as his most memorable work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A disjointed mess where a lot goes on but nothing happens.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Boring, incoherent and insultingly didactic. It's like Wenders has never been to America, never observed Americans and never even seen an American movie.

September 28, 2005 | Comment (1)
Zap2it.com

astonishing but uneven

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Wenders' observations and subtextual commentary about violence in American society are well-served by the nuances of Nicholas Klein's script.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A trama principal se perde em um emaranhado de cenas que, rigorosamente, nada acrescentam ao filme.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A sophisticated and pensive film about a subject that fills contemporary movies and fuels our fantasies.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Las respuestas quedan flotando en el espectador, esperando ser rescatadas y entendidas.

September 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

The flippancy of Wenders and Nicholas Klein's script, and the lethargic performances of a star-studded cast, trivialize presumably good intentions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It has its virtues -- Wenders is a skilled and thoughtful workman -- but hovers somewhere between a thriller and an art-house movie and won't fully satisfy fans of either.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

A horrendous, useless, soulless, sprawling two hours of your life you will not get back.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Often a pretentious struggle, saved only by the important, relevant theme that occasionally emerges.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

We're left feeling disappointed that an opportunity to make a fine film was lost.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Consider the paradox: By the end of The End Of Violence, a preposterous film that rails against man's inhumanity toward man, you want to do violence. To the filmmaker.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

It's practically an antimovie, almost plotless, self-referential, and unsettling. It refuses to wrap up neatly or comfortingly. But it's one of the most provocative films in years.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

If Wenders does not succeed in condemning the role of violence in movies (which was not his intention), he does unfold a work of intricate texture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

On the acting front, Pullman and the little-seen Lind are terrific, as is MacDowell.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The End of Violence

Everyone makes mistakes. Wenders, a brilliant film director, made a huge one with The End of Violence. Convoluted nonsense, I'm sure it looked great on paper but the reality is that this is an awful film. Oops!
September 6, 2010
SirPant

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Adventures in paranoia.
June 25, 2008
threefolddado

Super Reviewer

Interesting Wenders film that really defied my expectations. A great character piece and drama.
March 28, 2008
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