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)

Critics 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 (80) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (44)

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

    Jul 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Seydoux, Cassel and Baye, though hampered by character arcs that feel a shade too familiar, are more than adequate.

    Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The enfant-terrible director Xavier Dolan is at his most irritating in It's Only the End of the World.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The experience of watching this film equates to being tied-up and ball-gagged in the middle of an unsupervised children's party at which all attendees have consumed dangerous quantities of bright, Tartrazine-based fluid.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | 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…
  • Given that it takes place in pretty much real time (it's a play after all) and therefore we have no prior investment in these characters, it is hard to care: I just longed for them to stop.

    May 22, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

  • Dec 04, 2016
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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