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Endless Love

Endless Love (1981)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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Based on a novel by Scott Spencer, Endless Love details the doomed romance between 17-year-old David (Martin Hewitt) and 15-year-old Jade (Brooke Shields). Banished from Jade's home by her daddy Hugh (Don Murray), David obsessively cooks up a scheme to get back into the family's good graces. Since this plan involves setting Jade's house on fire, one can easily predict that the puppy-love romance is in for a bumpy ride. Jailed for arson, David heads directly to Jade the moment that he's released,


Drama, Romance

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (12)

Is Brooke Shields truly obsession worthy? And can she carry, commercially, another movie about another kind of obsession? The answer is no.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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A Cotton-candy rendition of Scott Spencer's powerful novel, Endless Love is a manipulative tale of a doomed romance which careens repeatedly between the credible and the ridiculous.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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As excruciating as the Diana Ross/Lionel Richie title tune.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie as a whole does not understand the particular strengths of the novel that inspired it, does not convince us it understands adolescent love, does not seem to know its characters very well, and is a narrative and logical mess.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Anyone unfamiliar with the story of Scott Spencer's novel is bound to be mystified by Franco Zeffirelli's latest film, which reduces Endless Love to a whimperingly latter-day Romeo and Juliet with a little pyromania thrown in.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Trite Blue Lagoonish dialogue trivializes this film adaptation of Scott Spencer's first-rate 1979 novel of obsession but does not spoil it on the level of pop romance.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Vaguely interesting for causing controversy at the time, this tacky tale of illicit teenage romance hasn't aged particularly well.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A bad but commercially popular romantic melodrama, due to Brooke Shields' celeb status at the time and the the Oscar-nominated tune by Lionel Richie.

January 28, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A potentially interesting story of obsessive teenage love is sabotaged by some laughably absurd overplotting.

August 17, 2007

A notorious disaster.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Love twaddle, perfect for teens.

August 14, 2005

Endless Love explores romantic yearning in all of its intensity.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

In a word: yuck.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Endless Love

Everyone who wants to see this movie does so because of one of the actors. I watched for James Spader, and he was just fabulous. Other than that, this movie wasn't very interesting, and the main characters annoyed me. It's obviously a bad relationship between these two, and it doesn't end well, and a lot of it is boring.
February 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

This love story is alike part of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Brooke Shields was so beautiful, young and sexy of the early 1980's.
October 15, 2006
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Brooke Shields stars in the monotonous and melodramatic romance Endless Love. Other than the amazing theme song from Lionel Richie, the film is worthless. It's just a sappy teenage love story that goes nowhere and relies completely on cliches.
April 2, 2013
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

finally got a hold of number two on my hard to find list, a movie my small click of freinds used to gather at one of our houses to watch during the summer like a 1000 times or so. Great little storyline that has two young lovers Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt after being torn apart by her folks for being'too young' battle to see each other however its more so on Hewitt's charectors part then hers. Its a movie that shows the extent some people will go to just to be with their true loves, also on the other hand it also shows that some guys dont know the meaning of 'no'
February 15, 2010

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    1. David: I had to see you again. I haven't changed... I love you.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. David: (after Anne Butterfield tries to seduce him) I know it's difficult to understand, but I can't make love to anybody but Jade. It's just the way I feel.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Anne: I think that night... that night that I came down and saw you with Jade and then made love to my husband... I was making love to you.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Jade: You know what I keep thinking about? A night in the house. I was a little girl, and then I saw David all alone. And I don't know. I just... I wanted to go to him. Was that wrong? I wasn't a happy little girl anymore. Something changed. The first time in my life I was me.
    2. Anne: Life goes on. We change.
    3. Jade: But it hurts. It hurts so much.
    4. Anne: Oh, Baby, it all happened so fast for you. When you live a lifetime you'll understand it.
    5. Jade: But he loved me. He loves me! No one will ever love me as much.
    6. Anne: Many people will love you. You see.
    7. Jade: But not like that. Not like David.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Jade: It was a once in a lifetime thing, David. I know that! And it came in a time when we were too young to handle it. That was the terrible part.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Anne: Of all the things I regret I did, the ones I didn't, are the ones I mourn the most.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
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