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Enduring Love Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 17, 2004
It's a genuinely intriguing thriller and a mystery with a most rewarding conclusion.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 10, 2004
A fatal lack of character development dooms Enduring Love as little more than a fleeting curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 24, 2004
It's heady stuff, though stretched too far for convenience.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 24, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 19, 2004
It's not entirely satisfying, but it's too intriguing to dismiss.
| Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 13, 2004
Full of hot air.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 12, 2004
Penhall's screenplay captures the emotional isolation that grips people touched by cataclysm.
| Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 12, 2004
Compelling but uneven drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 12, 2004
The movie's ace in the hole is Rhys Ifans, whose scraggly looks and ability to play daft make him perfect as the delusional Jed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 12, 2004
Does a fine job of slowly racheting up the psychological tension.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 11, 2004
Enduring Love is better in parts than as a whole. Ultimately, the film has too many jagged edges.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 11, 2004
Filmmaker Roger Michell doesn't so much adapt Ian McEwan's fine novel Enduring Love, a surgically precise anatomy of romance and obsession, as eviscerate it and wave its entrails before the audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 11, 2004
This drama about love, catastrophe and obsession raises a lot of questions but leaves it to viewers to provide most of the answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 5, 2004
It flutters around fitfully, still filled with air, then falls in a deflated heap in the corner.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 5, 2004
With a power that resonates, Enduring Love captures that sense of lives blown apart by a sudden gust.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 5, 2004
Well-meaning, yet listless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 5, 2004
It walks the line between romantic piety and utter tastelessness, opting to be a cheap potboiler only after it's run out of ways to seem profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 5, 2004
It's the best kind of movie: so alive in its storytelling that only in retrospect do you realize that the ideas represent a metaphysical inquiry.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 5, 2004
Most movies remain at the top level of action: They are about what happens. A few consider the meaning of what happened, and even fewer deal with the fact that we have a choice, some of the time, about what happens and what we do about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 4, 2004
Slowly, inexorably, it ties you in knots.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 1, 2004
A lot of rich characters and beautifully written.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 30, 2004
Tells us that the balloons to avoid are the ones that don't know whether to float or stick to the ground. The same goes for movies.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 29, 2004
A riveting, revealing and powerful film about the surprising shades and evolving emotions of love.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 29, 2004
Enduring Love begins with such a stunningly macabre opening scene, it's a drag that the sequence is mere set-up for a ho-hum stalker story.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 29, 2004
Enduring Love contains impeccable performances, especially by the frightening Ifans.
| Original Score: 3/4
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October 29, 2004
This slender, increasingly monotonous stalker plot feels ludicrously overintellectualized -- full of hot air. To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a balloon is just a balloon.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 29, 2004
Movie love is usually so idealized it ennobles behavior that ordinarily would be considered stalking. Enduring Love deliberately smudges the line between what is bizarre and what is simply human nature.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
October 28, 2004
It's affirmative action for psychos.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2004
We're conditioned as romantics to hear the first word as an adjective; but for most of the movie, it's strictly a harrowing verb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 28, 2004
Michell and company try to make you forget that Enduring Love begins, literally and figuratively, on such a high level before tumbling into the sordid Hitchcockian precincts of dangerous obsession.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 28, 2004
Rhys Ifans plays the part of the scorned lover with neurasthenic delicacy and a spidery creepiness in this serious movie about the petty cruelties of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 28, 2004
Expertly and with agonizing deliberateness, Michell ratchets up the tension among this appalling triangle.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2004
Michell's achievement is all the greater in modulating the coiled reposes of his superb male leads.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ed Park
Village Voice
October 26, 2004
Razor-walking self-consciousness (or just plain braininess) is perhaps impossible to depict coherently on-screen, and the someone's-watching-me vibe is otherwise overfamiliar to moviegoers.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 21, 2004
Spellbinding.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2004
Craig, in his meatiest film role to date, delivers his usual incisive performance, even if this intimate drama of contemporary Londoners pushes the boundaries of credibility.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 10, 2004
Story of an insidious stalker disrupting the lives of an intellectual London couple is handled in a bracing and distinctive manner.