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It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016)

It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: It's Only the End of the World is stocked with talent and boasts a story steeped in conflict, but the end result proves a disappointing misfire from writer-director Xavier Dolan.

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After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his home town, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fueled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love.

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Critic Reviews for It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (6)

A stellar cast of French actors is mainly left to run lines and hyperventilate in Xavier Dolan's turgid yet occasionally affecting melodrama.

July 3, 2017 | Full Review…

It maintains an almost unbearable tension throughout its 95-minute running time, as an A-list cast of French actors tear into each other over long-simmering family conflicts, the camera just inches from their faces.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

A wonderful cast are sadly wasted on this screeching melodrama.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This is one of those dysfunctional-family angstfests that one finds either powerfully cathartic or nigh-well intolerable. I fall into the latter camp.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A disappointment, even for the Dolan faithful.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Dolan has found a way to exasperate and exhaust his audience, but he has also achieved a completely unexpected catharsis at the end of an agonizing hour and a half. Standing there on the grave of dreams, he knows why the caged bird sings.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)

Dolan extracts some intense performances from his talented cast and makes an extremely exhausting drama that never feels like a filmed play but rather a depressing and claustrophobic experience (full of close-ups) that forces us to stay in the company of a horrible family.

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