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Enduring Love (2004)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 39

While it strains credibility and isn't ultimately as profound as it might first appear, Enduring Love is still an intriguing thriller fueled by strong performances from Rhys Ifans and Daniel Craig.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 15

While it strains credibility and isn't ultimately as profound as it might first appear, Enduring Love is still an intriguing thriller fueled by strong performances from Rhys Ifans and Daniel Craig.



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On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Joe Penhall

May 3, 2005


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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (39) | DVD (14)

It's a genuinely intriguing thriller and a mystery with a most rewarding conclusion.

December 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A fatal lack of character development dooms Enduring Love as little more than a fleeting curiosity.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It's heady stuff, though stretched too far for convenience.

November 24, 2004
Detroit News
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Though Ifans has the splashier role, Craig, last seen in Michell's previous film, 2003's equally provocative The Mother, is outstanding as a man whose philosophy cannot be reconciled with his feelings.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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It's not entirely satisfying, but it's too intriguing to dismiss.

November 19, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Full of hot air.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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If you don't have the range to play anything other than the same sort of comedic role as an over-the-top human oddity, maybe you shouldn't try to ply your trade as a dramatic actor.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
Sly Fox

Daniel Craig gives a solid performance in the tradition of Hitchcock's wrong men.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A tale of obsession with less hot air than your average thriller.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

'Enduring Love' -- at least until its final 20 minutes -- is considerably more intelligent and less sensationalistic than most thrillers of this type.

April 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The notion that being stalked can lead to a spiritual rebirth is pretty goofy, but Enduring Love is skillful enough to make it seem like a reasonable proposition.

January 4, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

An iconoclastic meditation on human devotion that might as easily be condemning its titular emotion as lauding it.

December 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Wholly absorbing... subtly trapping us in the perspective of a beleaguered protagonist, who himself is trapped in an inchoate state of grief and fantasy.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Love is a delicate thing, and identity even more so. Enduring Love breathtakingly tears both asunder to find them is, in a word, exquisite.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

Puts the psychological back into psychological thriller.

December 3, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film balances two related themes with insight: the guilt in the aftermath of tragedy and the challenges of a relationship that moves from unwanted to ominous.

November 29, 2004
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Worth the admission price if only for the stunning opening sequence but after that there's little to shout about.

November 28, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

The lack of a really sympathetic or interesting main character makes the film version a bit of an endurance test.

November 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An actor's movie, and the three leads give shatteringly honest performances.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

the intensity floats away like an out-of-control hot-air balloon, which carries its passengers off into oblivion.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

An intelligent and gripping dramatic thriller, Enduring Love is a real rarity: a film better than the book it's adapted from.

November 23, 2004 Full Review Source:

A statement of at once how little the world cares and how much we want it to.

November 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for Enduring Love

A huge disappointment, Enduring Love the film is a poor adaptation of a pretty good book. It's totally miscast, Craig is wooden and Ifans plays his serious character as if it were a comedy. The first 15 mins are truly captivating but it rapidly goes down hill from then on. A real shame.
September 7, 2009

Super Reviewer

The opening of this film is brilliant. I loved the set-up and the way that the story was set up. The way the film is shot and the overall look are great. Daniel Craig is really good in his role and he is supported by a nice cast (Morton, Nighy). There are even a couple of oh shit moments that really caught me off guard. The problem is that the last shot of the film (which even appears as the credits are rolling) is absolutely atrocious. It makes no sense. It's too bad because everything leading up to it made for a pretty good movie.
July 5, 2009

Super Reviewer

We rented this on a fluke and were pleasantly suprised and slightly distrubed.
It is a very quiet film with lots of twists and suprises, strenghtened by an exceptional cast.
March 10, 2008
Robert C

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