Endless Love Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
February 12, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
July 26, 2007

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.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
February 12, 2014

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

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003

| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
August 17, 2007

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

| Original Score: 4/10
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
August 30, 2004

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.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 28, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C

Film4
May 24, 2003

In a word: yuck.


Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

As excruciating as the Diana Ross/Lionel Richie title tune.


TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 26, 2007

A notorious disaster.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 5, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 31, 2004

Endless Love explores romantic yearning in all of its intensity.

Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
August 14, 2005

Love twaddle, perfect for teens.

| Original Score: 3/5

People Magazine
February 12, 2014

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.

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