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The End of the Affair Reviews

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Alan Dale
November 19, 2005
The whole thing is beyond purple and yet so careful and reverent you can't even enjoy it as camp.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
What a sad and melancholy piece of work. ... Fiennes basically reprises his English Patient role as the heroic destroyer of covenants and promises.
Read More | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 27, 2003
Writer/director Neil Jordan takes the right approach to the material. Instead of trying to spruce it up, he simply moves in closer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 7, 2003
Neil Jordan's film captures an unyielding sense, even almost to a fault, of romantic realism and its often underlying sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
a demanding, thought-provoking film ...built around a theme many will find difficult to accept, that miracles can happen to perfectly ordinary, non-religious people.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Can anyone fail to recognize this as a fundamental betrayal of the author’s creative vision?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
Depicts the way a lapsed Catholic is surprised by grace and a defiant unbeliever is convinced to believe in God.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The best and most graceful Greene adaptation since The Third Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Sragow
January 1, 2000
For two-thirds of The End of the Affair [Jordan] does an astonishing job of fusing his pop-magical temperament with Greene's astringency and wit.
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Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
The elegance of Roger Pratt's camera and the handsome costuming create a tension between the stately surface world and the raw passion of the characters.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Not for the blockbuster crowd, but it's a handsome film, and the performers are all good, especially Hart as a not-so-sleuthful private eye.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Tasteful and seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Brandon
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
Moore and Fiennes both give impassioned, sexy performances, especially Fiennes.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Jordan, who adapted the Greene novel himself before directing the piece with a fluid grace, cast wisely enough to elevate the material off the page and onto the screen with a kind of elegance that few directors can achieve.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
For all its obvious psychoanalytic implications, [Jordan's] wacky romantic triangle lost me long before it crawled to its spiritualist conclusion.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The characters are so unsympathetic, the adulterous love affair at the heart of the story so joyless, and the three main performances so mannered that it's hard to feel anything but disappointment and boredom.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Nothing seems to truly crack the perfect veneer with anything resembling the real force and desperation that could make Greene's guilt-sodden ruminations on love, faith and sin come alive.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Guaranteed to be mistaken for a first-rate picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Manages to maintain the actual thrill of Greene's novel.
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