A Home at the End of the World (2004)



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A tale that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s--where they meet an older women--a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses unfolds. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they've created and hold their friendship together?

Rating: R (for strong drug content, sexuality, nudity, language and a disturbing accident)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Michael Cunningham, Keith Bunin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 2004
Box Office: $0.9M
Warner Independent - Official Site


as Bobby Morrow (1982)

as Jonathan Glover (198...

as Alice Glover

as Ned Glover

as Carlton Morrow

as Bobby (1974)

as Bobby Morrow (1974)

as Jonathan Glover (197...

as Bobby Morrow (1967)

as Reiner

as Burt Morrow

as Isabel Morrow

as Emily

as Dancing Party Guest

as Frank's Date

as Club Boy

as Jonathan's Co-Worker

as Woman at Home Cafe
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Critic Reviews for A Home at the End of the World

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (38)

Flawed but sincere -- the sort of thoughtful, adult movie that rarely appears in the summer.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Despite some very good acting in most roles, the people on the screen seem like types with labels.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It may sound like grade-A melodrama, but A Home at the End of the World turns out to be much more ambitious -- and, unfortunately, less interesting.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Great acting, but soap opera-ish. Not for kids.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

shorter than THE HOURS and this is the main reason why Michael Cunnigham should be pleased with this adaptation of his work

Full Review… | September 28, 2005

Whether Colin Farrell is cast-against-type or miscast in this mediocre adaptation of Cunningham's evocative novel is a matter of debate

Full Review… | July 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for A Home at the End of the World

I'm so used to fast-paced American film, that when a real story unfolds i have to force myself to slow down and pay attention. That was the case here, and it was worth hanging in for. It's a beautiful look at love in all its permutations and family and how getting family and love doesn't always follow the official playbook.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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A free-spirited, sexually flexible threesome form a makeshift family unit during the 1980s.
Colin Farrell wasn't as annoying as he could have been. That's the best that I can say about his performance in this nice, sincere film. He plays Bobby with a childlike innocence, and the film as a whole takes on his naivete, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because it's about characters who create their own oasis in a world that attempts to thrust them into limiting categories.
Dallas Roberts's Jonathan carries the film; his character has the most conflict and the most to gain out of the peace that the characters eventually establish, and Roberts's naturalistic performance is eminently believable. Robin Wright's work as Clare reminds me of Anne Hathaway's performance in Rachel Getting Married because it seems like an actress playing edgy and strange for the sake of edgy and strange; she's not believable in a role that doesn't work for her.
Overall, I liked A Home at the End of the World because its theme of defying social perceptions in favor of a small community - a cadre of love - charms me despite my cynical belief that such a group could never exist in real life.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Unconventional people do unconventional things in this daring screen adaptation of Michael Cunningham's story about members of a love triangle that decide to be and to have a family together. But how is that sort of thing done? Somebody's feelings are bound to get hurt ... an amazing Colin Farrell and the always luminous Sissy Spacek steal the show in this adult themed family introspective about wanting to have a home.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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