The Edge of Love - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Edge of Love Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 16, 2009
The Edge of Love is literate and often lovely to look at, but unless you're requesting an off-key bohemian rhapsody, do not go gentle into that good theater.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 3, 2009
The Edge of Love holds a lot of promise in its first hour and never completely falls apart, but it's ultimately not the movie it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 2, 2009
This may be Knightley's first truly mature performance. Too bad it arrives wrapped in doggerel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 20, 2009
For all its vivid evocation of its characters' tomorrow-we-die bonhomie, the film finally never quite convinces viewers of its central subject: the sisterly, almost sapphic bond between Vera and Caitlin.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 20, 2009
The movie makes for an engaging enough period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 20, 2009
While Thomas fans will regret seeing their literary hero reduced to a generic drunk, even those awaiting the aforementioned bathtub scene will find it barely worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 20, 2009
Booze and jealousy make a toxic cocktail, one that's heavily imbibed with much self-lacerating gusto in the grim British drama The Edge of Love.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 19, 2009
The Edge of Love is the sort of muddled melodrama that has little to say about love, or anything else.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 19, 2009
A stagy, arty, and uncompelling account of the Welsh writer and his menage-y relations with his boozy Irish wife and his young Welsh girlfriend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 19, 2009
Like a museum piece, placing historical figures in frozen positions, and asking us to judge them as the curators do.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 17, 2009
Occasionally, Angelo Badalamenti's fine score will pleasantly remind you of Mulholland Drive. Knightley and Miller's pseudo-sapphic tub-splashing will not.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
I thought it looked incredible.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
It felt like a lighting class, not a movie.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 16, 2009
The best thing The Edge of Love could do for you is to send you back to Thomas's poetry. Dash this folderol. Open Under Milk Wood.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2009
The Edge of Love has, as they say, all the tools, all the elements that usually make for success. It ought to be coaxing superlatives from all and sundry, but instead it leaves a bitter, unsatisfying aftertaste that lingers in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
March 12, 2009
Director John Maybury showed a defter hand with the artist biopic in his 1998 Francis Bacon film, Love Is the Devil.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
June 19, 2008
While the period drama has several redeeming features, tonally it's all over the map, veering between artsy stylization and hum-drum, sometimes almost twee melodrama.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2008
The film succeeds as a deeply involving study of men and women caught up in a whirlwind beyond their control.