A Home at the End of the World

2004

A Home at the End of the World

Critics Consensus

A Home at the End of the World aims for profundity, but settles for stale melodrama, yielding a slew of sensitive performances that are nevertheless in service of characters who prove to be ciphers.

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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?

Cast

Colin Farrell
as Bobby Morrow (1982)
Dallas Roberts
as Jonathan Glover (1982)
Sissy Spacek
as Alice Glover
Matt Frewer
as Ned Glover
Erik Scott Smith
as Bobby (1974)
Ryan Donowho
as Carlton Morrow
Erik Smith
as Bobby Morrow (1974)
Harris Allan
as Jonathan Glover (1974)
Andrew Chalmers
as Bobby Morrow (1967)
Ron Lea
as Burt Morrow
Wendy Crewson
as Isabel Morrow
Quancetia Hamilton
as Dancing Party Guest
Lisa Merchant
as Frank's Date
Shawn Roberts
as Club Boy
Michael Mayer (VI)
as Jonathan's Co-Worker
Virginia Reh
as Woman at Home Cafe
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Critic Reviews for A Home at the End of the World

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (58)

  • Guided by Michael Cunningham's witty screenplay--he also wrote the hypnotizing novel of the same name--the actors celebrate a new notion of family.

    Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • While the rambling storyline and extended time-frame betrays the script's novelistic roots, soulful performances from Farrell, Sissy Spacek and newcomer Dallas Roberts make this a rich and emotionally rewarding experience.

    Oct 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Flawed but sincere -- the sort of thoughtful, adult movie that rarely appears in the summer.

    Aug 19, 2004 | Rating: B-
  • Despite some very good acting in most roles, the people on the screen seem like types with labels.

    Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • Casting is everything in a film like this, and in the major roles, Mayer scores two out of three.

    Aug 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for A Home at the End of the World

  • May 29, 2013
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2010
    Very original story, and not at all your typical <a href="http://www.flixster.com/actor/colin-farrell">Colin Farrell</a> flick. Helps me remember why I never liked the 80s.
    Ed K Super Reviewer

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