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Endless Love (2014)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 72

Blander than the original Endless Love and even less faithful to the source material, this remake is clichéd and unintentionally silly.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 26

Blander than the original Endless Love and even less faithful to the source material, this remake is clichéd and unintentionally silly.

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Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) star in Universal Pictures' ENDLESS LOVE, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films

PG-13,

Drama, Romance

Shana Feste, Joshua Safran

May 27, 2014

$23.4M

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (72)

None of the players exhibits much personality, but it's hard to fault them, given how thinly the characters have been imagined by screenwriters Shana Feste and Joshua Safran.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Things go desperately wrong after the opening promise ...

March 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Endless Love lives up to its name. It's purgatory.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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This remake has almost nothing to do with Spencer's novel. It's the kind of film you make when you've run out of Nicholas Sparks books.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Why does Hollywood continue to starve audiences longing for a good romantic tearjerker? Endless Love didn't have to be this godawful.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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"Endless Love" isn't so much a remake of the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli film as it is an extended ad for the idyllic Abercrombie & Fitch lifestyle.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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for a younger audience seeking out a serious exploration of teen sexuality, Endless Love will prove to be soporific and - most disappointing of all - sexually tepid and timid.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Smart couples can surely find more diverting ways of soaking up Valentine's Day.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Shana Feste's bland and timid remake will be lucky to be remembered beyond this paragraph.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Feste is not exactly a masterful button pusher, but she has a clear goal in mind and she achieves it admirably.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

For all its flaws, Endless Love's saving grace is that it is not in fact endless and that you will get to leave the cinema sooner or later.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

If you're a stranger to Mills and Boon or movies like The Notebook, it can be said, with a decent degree of probability, that Endless Love will require endless patience. But it's not without its positives.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

The two stars are too old for their roles but Bruce Greenwood keeps everything grounded with a strong performance.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

If there's any obsession or intensity in this movie, it belongs to Jade's father - a detail that throws the movie somewhat off kilter.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Endless Love never tries to look beneath that pretty surface. Or maybe it doesn't dare, knowing there's nothing to be found.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

It's formulaic and predictable, but with its two appealing leads and romantic notions, this Hollywood style Romeo and Juliet melodrama about forbidden love, caters perfectly for its young target market as they discover a love that is worth fighting for

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Tepid, maudlin melodrama not worth revisiting...

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

The love-conquers-all narrative bears as much resemblance to real life as The Lego Movie, but for all its blandness, Endless Love will be pure catnip for its target audience of teen girls.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A super-bland tale of love and heartbreak set in a world so soft focus that the strains of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross would seem alarmingly edgy.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Mawkish folderol...so glossy and bland that you'd swear it had migrated from the CW onto the big screen, and feel yourself inclined to doze off as it unspools.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Finally, a love story for attractive white people.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

Those of us still scarred by the memory of Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 mega-dose of romantic sludge...have every right to fear this remake. Thankfully the only thing it has in common with that film is the title. It's been scratch-built from the ground up.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

It's just as forgettable as the original. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

This movie has no idea how letters of acceptance work, how airports work, how relationships work.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Linoleum Knife
Linoleum Knife

Audience Reviews for Endless Love

Some movies are so laughably bad that they are entertaining. Here is one of them. First, based on the trailer I thought this was going to be some kind of drama/thriller mix, like the movie "Fear". But, I was way off on that. This is a straight up teenage love story. Very generic, very predictable, and pretty stupid. The acting is bad, I'm sorry but Alex Pettyfer has zero charisma and is as wooden as Keanu Reeves. What makes this a fun movie to watch is making fun of it while you watch it. Emily and I made quite a few jokes during it, and rolled our eyes a lot. I'm sure some teenage girls will love it and think it's so romantic. But adults will just go "oh lord this is dumb".
August 27, 2014
Everett Johnson

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August 1, 2014
spielberg00

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Say Goodbye to Innocence.

Very good romantic movie! This is basically a good romantic movie. If you are hoping for more depth, more story or more anything you will be disappointed. But for what it was, I enjoyed it. The acting was solid, I really liked Gabriella Wildes performance. She was fresh faced and innocent. Endless Love has everything going in its favor - enchanting chemistry between the screen couple, nice background score , beautiful location. So, if you are looking for a nice romantic date with your partner, you might choose Endless Love for a perfect evening.

The opening scene is a high school graduation, class of 2014. Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde), a shy but beautiful young woman, is graduating. She is going to be attending Brown University in the fall. She stands alone after the ceremony, while everyone else laughs with friends and takes pictures together. Jade quietly rejoins her parents while reminiscing about her younger brother, Chris, who passed away from cancer. David (Alex Pettyfer), another student graduating, observes her from a distance and notices how lonely she seems. He seems intrigued by her, but doesnt speak to her.

Jade, her parents, and her older brother Keith stop at an upscale restaurant to eat lunch after the graduation. Her father pulls the car up for valet service. While exiting the car, Jade bumps into David, who works as a valet at the restaurant. She shyly says 'hello' and walks inside behind her parents, but comes outside again to ask David to sign her yearbook. Inside the restaurant, Jades father asks her what she would like as a graduation present. Jade asks for a party. Shes never had the chance to socialize with her peers before. (Its clear that Jade has lived a very sheltered, caged life.) Although her mother thinks its a wonderful idea, her father thinks its a bit odd, but agrees nonetheless. On the way out of the restaurant, Jade invites David to her party. She and her family also observe David getting into a physical altercation with a snobby client who insults him. He punches him and then gets fired on the spot.

Jade wears a beautiful red dress for her graduation party. Her home is full of her fathers wealthy, middle-aged friends. None of her classmates have shown up. David arrives. Jade is happy to see him but she feels bad that none of her classmates have come. David explains that there is another graduation party taking place the same evening and that everyone is probably there. He takes out his phone, calls the police and makes a fake noise complaint about the other party, effectively shutting it down. Soon, lots of classmates begin to arrive at Jades house. Everyone drinks, dances and has fun. Jade and David sneak into a closet to kiss just as Jades father gathers everyone together to make a speech. He talks about how proud he is of Jade and attempts to make a toast, however Jade is nowhere to be found. She sheepishly comes out of the closet, closely followed by David. Her father is annoyed, but continues with the toast. He thanks everyone for coming and ends his speech by asking them all to leave. David leaves after apologizing to Jades father. He knows hes made a bad first impression but makes it clear that he cares for Jade very much.

Jade races to her balcony and throws a paper plane down to David. It says, Wait until all the lights are off. David waits in the pouring rain until the lights are off. He sneaks back into the house and walks into a room where Jade is waiting for him. Theres a large cozy fire in the fireplace and shes wearing a beautiful, white negligee. They begin to kiss passionately and spend all night together. Its clear that Jade and David are completely smitten with each other.

The next day, Jade spends time with her father at the hospital. He is a doctor and is grooming her to go into medical school. He asks her to stay and observe a surgery, but she tells him that she cant. He is disappointed and taken aback by her not following his wishes, since she usually does. She meets David near a lake and kisses him intensely. They discuss a summer medical internship she has, which means they only have about 10 days left to spend together. David tells her that he doesnt care how much time they have, he wants to enjoy it to the fullest. A very sweet montage shows them riding bicycles, running through fields and enjoying each others company with reckless abandon. David drops Jade home after their last evening together. She tells him to ask her to stay, instead of leaving for the internship. He does, and she agrees. She goes inside and begins to unpack. When her father asks her why, she tells him she changed her mind about the internship. Her father knows its because of David. He is furious. The next morning, Jade awakes to find her entire family packing. Her father has decided to take everyone to the lake house. Shortly after they arrive at the lake house, the doorbell rings. Its David. Jades father is not pleased, but since Keiths girlfriend is there, how can he not let Jades boyfriend stay too? Later, Jades father apologizes for being rude and unwelcoming to David.

That night, Jade, David, Keith and Keiths girlfriend are outside playing with fireworks. David goes into the garage to get some more. He sees Jades father in the garage kissing another woman. He is disturbed and leaves quickly. The next morning, Jades father takes David out in a boat and essentially reads him the riot act about remaining quiet if he knows whats good for him.

Jade and David go to a party where they are convinced by a friend to sneak into a local zoo. They sneak into the zoo and have tons of fun playing hide and seek, looking at different animals and riding the carousel. They are caught by the police. David allows himself to be caught to give everyone else the chance to get away. Jade is distraught and asks her father to bail him out. Her father is hesitant but agrees, if she will go for the internship. He bails David out of jail, but insults him until David punches him, which was exactly what he wanted. He goes home to his family and tells them that David is violent, manipulative and cannot be trusted.

Jade goes looking for David and they confront each other outside a café. They go back and forth with arguing until he walks away. She accuses him of not fighting for their relationship. She gets into her car and begins driving away. David runs after her, but she is slammed into by another car.

Everyone converges together at the hospital: Jades parents and brother and David and his father. Jades father takes Davids father aside and gives him a restraining order. He wants David to stay away from Jade. Davids father argues that theyre only kids and they just had an argument, but Jades father refuses to hear him. When Jade wakes up, she wants to see David. She goes to his house but his father refuses to let her see him, since it would be illegal and get him into trouble.

Jade leaves for Brown while David stays in town. They each try to move on with their lives. Months go by. David runs into Jades mother in a bookstore and asks to have coffee with her. She always admired David and his love for Jade. He asks if she is coming home for the holidays and if he can see her. Jades mother tells him which day she is arriving. David goes to the airport and meets her as she walks out of a terminal. He tells her he has two tickets and will take them anywhere in the world. He asks her if shell meet him that night and run away with him. She looks into his eyes and agrees.

That night, Jades father picks a fight with Keith for being in Chris room and touching his things. Jades father wants to keep it like a museum. Keith and his girlfriend leave in anger. Jades mother follows, to be with her son. Jade packs her things to leave with David. Unknown to anyone, a candle has fallen over in Chris room and ignited a huge fire. Right as Jade and David are leaving, she sees that the house is on fire and screams for her fathers safety. He is inside hastily collecting Chris things, trying to save them. David rushes inside to save Jades father. He is knocked down and loses consciousness. Jades father sees him, puts down Chris belongings and picks up David. They both make it out of the burning house.

The next scene shows Jade and her mother standing at Chris grave. It is another few months later, and it is revealed that Jades parents are separated. Her mother encourages her to be close with her father again. Jade lets her father drop her at the airport. David meets her there and they fly to California, where they witness Keith and his girlfriend get married.

The movie ends with the four of them hanging out on the beach. Jade and David lay next to each other as her voice over explains how a certain kind of love, the intense, once-in-a-lifetime love, cant-live-without-you love, is worth fighting for.
July 16, 2014
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Manu Gino

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First of all, I haven't seen the original movie starring Brooke Shields. Maybe I would be giving this a much lower rating if I had.
As it stands, this movie was new to me, although the plot certainly wasn't.
Poor boy falls for rich girl, and Daddy's not happy about it. Yep, seen it before, wasn't expecting anything outstanding.
Actually, I didn't expect to even like this movie, had no plans of ever actually even watching it, but I did, and surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. Something about the two leads worked very well together and I did find them believable and sweet together. I wanted things to work out for them. I would go as far as to say this movie is lovely. Must have caught me in a weak moment.
I do have to admit, some of the dialog, particularly with the mother, was hammy, though I could sympathise with her, and I understood what she meant. The dad ran into caricature a few times, particularly in the dramatic scene near the end with the son's belongings, and the dancing at the party, wtf?
Flaws aside, I really liked this, though. I'll definitely be getting this one for my collection.
Realistic? Probably not. Romantic? Totally.
March 2, 2014
romy861

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    1. David Elliot: Do you love this other guy, do you love him like you love me?
    2. Jade Butterfield: Of course not, I don't love anyone the way I love you.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (3 months ago)
    1. David Elliot: Welcome to the Inn.
    – Submitted by Adam P (7 months ago)
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